Alex Callaway

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Alex Callaway

ARC Associate Living Master TM

British 21st Century Realist

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Alex Callaway is an award-winning contemporary realist painter based in the UK. His early career was spent developing a distinct brand of Pop Surrealism whilst working as an illustrator.

Describing his work as 'observational realism' Alex paints directly from life in natural light and his still lifes are intended to be as much an immersive, contemplative experience as they are a celebration and appreciation of our world. He has always been inspired by the work of the Old Masters and equally enjoys the skill and ideas of contemporary artists working today. In essence his paintings attempt to examine the character and physical presence of natural phenomena, and celebrate the beauty found within the sublime and transitory nature of life. 

"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."

Alex's paintings have been selected for many prestigious national and international juried exhibitions and competitions, scooping a few prizes along the way; most notably an Arcadia Contemporary Award from the 2016 ARC Salon, and an Alfred Daniels Award from the Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition 2017. His work has appeared in a number of art publications, and his paintings can be found in collections around the UK and abroad.



Group Exhibitions


ARC Visions, Arcadia Contemporary, Los Angeles 2017

Christmas Show, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2017

Metropolis, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017

Tutors Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017

Members and Associates Annual Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2016, 2017

Candidates for Full Membership Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2017

Candidates for Associateship Exhibition, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham 2016

Summer Exhibition, Eduardo Alessandro Studios, Dundee 2015



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





Artist Profile, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Summer Newsletter 2017

12th International ARC Salon Catalog 2017

American Art Collector Magazine issue 137, 2017

International Artist Magazine issue 113, 2017

International Artist Magazine issue 112, 2016

The Art Book '96, ‘the definitive source book for quality illustration’ 1996





Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibition review, 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

An Overview of Contemporary Still Life Painters,, 2017  

Featured Artist, Mall Galleries Exhibition Guide July-Dec 2017





Workshops and demonstrations, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery



Professional Affiliations


Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA) 




Awards and Distinctions


2018 - Finalist The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

2018 - Shortlisted The Artist of the Year, Artist and Illustrators Magazine (UK) 

2017 - Finalist The Artist Magazine Annual Competition and Exhibition, Patchings

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 - Highly Commended, Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition

2016 - Highly Commended, RBSA Open All Media Exhibition

2015 - Highly Commended, RBSA Friends Open Exhibition