Alex Callaway RBSA (British, 1969)

I am an award-winning still life painter and elected member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Born 1969 in Devon, I now work and live near the small city of Worcester in central England with my wife and two daughters.

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.

I paint from life in northern light and enjoy the challenge of this approach to contemporary realism. With much consideration I endeavour to distil layers of observation and perception into my work, reflecting on aspects of nature and exploring themes such as beauty, mystery and transience.

My work has been selected for many prestigious open exhibitions and competitions, receiving a number of prizes. Most notably an Arcadia Contemporary Award from the 2016 ARC Salon and an Alfred Daniels Award from the Royal Society of British Artists 300th Open Exhibition.

Exhibitions

1997 – East Sussex Open
1998 – South East Open Drawing Competition

2015 – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) Open All Media Exhibition
2015 – RBSA Prize Exhibition
2015 – RBSA Friends Open Exhibition
2015 – RBSA Prize Portrait Exhibition

2016 – Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries
2016 – RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
2016 – RBSA Candidates for Associateship Exhibition
2016 – RBSA Prize Exhibition
2016 – Summer Exhibition Eduardo Alessandro Studios
2016 – Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition
2016 – RBSA Members and Associates Annual Exhibition
2016 – Royal West of England Academy (RWA) 164 Annual Open Exhibition
2016 – 12th International Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon, still life category
2016 – Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries

2017 – Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) 300th Annual Open Exhibition
2017 – Love Art, Buy Art, Make Art – RBSA Tutors Exhibition
2017 – RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
2017 – RBSA Candidates for Full Membership Exhibition
2017 – RBSA Prize Exhibition
2017 – 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition, Salmagundi Club NYC, MEAM Barcelona (painting sold – not exhibited)
2017 – The Artist Magazine (UK) Annual Competition and Exhibition, Patchings
2017 – RBSA Metropolis Exhibition
2017 – ARC Salon Group Exhibition, Arcadia Contemporary, California
2017 – Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Annual Open Exhibition

Awards/distinctions

2015 – Highly Commended, RBSA Friends Open Exhibition
2016 – Highly Commended, RBSA Open All Media Exhibition
2016 – Highly Commended, Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition
2016 – Elected Associate of the RBSA
2016 – Finalist, 12th International ARC Salon – still life
2016 – Arcadia Contemporary Award, 12th International ARC Salon
2016 – Finalist, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.96, Favourite Subjects
2017 – 2nd Prize Winner, International Artist Magazine Challenge No.97, Still Life
2017 – Alfred Daniels Award, Royal Society of British Artists 300th Open Exhibition
2017 – Elected a full Member of the RBSA
2017 – ARC Associate Living Master™

Publications

1996 – The Art Book ’96 – “The definitive source book for quality illustration”

2016 – International Artist Magazine issue 112

2017 – International Artist Magazine issue 113

2017 – American Art Collector Magazine issue 137

2017 – Mall Galleries Exhibition Guide July-Dec

2017 – 12th International ARC Salon Catalog

2017 – RBSA Summer Newsletter ‘Artist Profile’