Damian's paintings attempt to capture the quirkiness and dynamism of the human figure. He uses an expressive, energetic style of draughtmanship to capture scenes from everyday life. Rather than making recognisable portraits Damian's loose and impressionistic treatment of the paint gives his subjects a universal appearance. His interests in portraying movement and everyday subjects in his paintings were cultivated through his admiration for two nineteenth century impressionistic painters Claude Monet and Walter Sickert who both dealt with movement and the everyday.
Damian Callan graduated in 1995 from Edinburgh College of Art and has since combined tutoring with his own studio practice. He runs independent classes and also works as a tutor at the Leith School of Art and the National Gallery of Scotland. He has achieved success gaining scholarships and residencies which have enabled him to travel to places including Prague, Toulouse and Tuscany. He has also had his work exhibited in many galleries including The Scottish Gallery, Red Rag Art Gallery, House of Bruar, Thompson's Art Gallery and Liquid Amber Gallery.
Art in Healthcare's blog entry about Damian Callan