With painting there are many aspects that capture the imagination and ignite a sense of wonder, in particular for me are the alchemical possibilities. Simple commonplace objects can take on greater significance, their humble presence perceived within a larger unknowable context. The objects represent themselves and yet so much more, the subject becomes a portal and we are transported to where beauty and meaning are encountered within. It is through the ongoing process of refining working from life, that I hope to distil both observations and visceral sensations in my work; to create a little magic from out of the mundane.

Born 1969 in Devon, Alex Callaway is a UK-based artist currently living near Worcester. He studied illustration at Falmouth School of Art, worked freelance and with an international illustration agency creating pop-surrealist poster art. In recent years he has made a return to painting, and having studied the work of the old masters he has developed a meticulous yet contemporary approach to painting from life. Alex has been the recipient of several awards with his work appearing in a number of publications, and his paintings can be found in collections in the United States, Southeast Asia, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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Professional Affiliations
Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
ARC Associate Living Master

Open Exhibitions
Columbia Threadneedle Prize - 2018
Artist of the Year, Artists and Illustrators magazine - 2018
The Artist Magazine, Patchings - 2017
Royal Society of Marine Artists - 2017
Royal Society of British Artists - 2016, 2017
Royal Institute of Oil Painters - 2016, 2017
International Art Renewal Center Salon - 2016
Royal West of England Academy - 2016
Broadway Arts Festival - 2016
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (Portrait) - 2015
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (Prize) - 2015, 2016, 2017
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (All Media) - 2015, 2016, 2017

Group Exhibitions
ARC Visions, Arcadia Contemporary 2017
Christmas Show; The Doorway Gallery 2017
Metropolis RBSA Gallery - 2017
RBSA Tutors Exhibition - 2017
RBSA Members and Associates Annual Exhibition - 2016, 2017
RBSA Candidates for Full Membership Exhibition - 2017
RBSA Candidates for Associateship Exhibition - 2016
Eduardo Alessandro Studios - Summer Exhibition - 2015

2018 - Shortlisted for Artist of the Year, Artists and Illustrators Magazine
2018 - Shortlisted for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize
2017 - Elected an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center
2017 - Finalist The Artist Magazine Annual Competition and Exhibition, Patchings
2017 - Elected a Member of the RBSA
2017 - Alfred Daniels Award, Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition
2017 - 2nd Prize Winner, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.97, Still Life
2016 - Finalist, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.96, Favourite Subjects
2016 - Arcadia Contemporary Award, 12th International ARC Salon
2016 - Finalist, still life category, 12th International ARC Salon
2016 - Elected an Associate of the RBSA
2016 - Highly Commended, Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition
2016 - Highly Commended, RBSA Open All Media Exhibition

2017 - Review - Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition 2017; Making a Mark
2017 - On View: ARC Visions at Arcadia Contemporary; Underpaintings Magazine
2017 - ARC Visions at Arcadia Contemporary: A Fresh Take on Realism; Art and Cake
2017 - Artist Profile; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Summer Newsletter
2017 - 12th International ARC Salon Catalog
2017 - An Overview of Contemporary Still Life Painters;
2017 - Featured Artist, Mall Galleries Exhibition Guide July-Dec
2017 - American Art Collector Magazine issue 137
2017 - International Artist Magazine issue 113
2016 - International Artist Magazine issue 112
1996 - The Art Book '96, ‘the definitive source book for quality illustration’