Alex Callaway

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Alex Callaway

ARC Associate Living Master TM

22 artworks

British 21st Century Realist


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Apple on a Brick



25.4 x 25.4 cms | 10 x 10 ins

12th Annual ARC Salon

  • Arcadia Contemporary Award

Wild Apple



30.5 x 35.6 cms | 12 x 14 ins


Winter Apples



50.8 x 61 cms | 20 x 24 ins


Apple on a Brick II



25.4 x 30.5 cms | 10 x 12 ins


Apple on a Brick III



40.6 x 30.5 cms | 16 x 12 ins


Apple on a Glass Jar



30.5 x 40.6 cms | 12 x 16 ins





25.4 x 22.9 cms | 10 x 9 ins


Clementine in Decay



25.4 x 30.5 cms | 10 x 12 ins


Improbability of a Turban Squash



40.6 x 50.8 cms | 16 x 20 ins


The Old Boat



40.6 x 50.8 cms | 16 x 20 ins

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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."  

A finalist in the prestigious 2018 Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Alex also received an Arcadia Contemporary Award from the 12th International ARC Salon, and an Alfred Daniels Award from The Royal Society of British Artists 300th Exhibition. His work has appeared in several art publications and can be found in collections around the world.



Group Exhibitions

RBSA Selected Members and Associates, John Noot Galleries 2018 

Fresh Art Fair, The Doorway Gallery 2018

Winter Group Show, The Doorway Gallery 2018

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

Royal Society of Marine Artists 2017

Royal Society of British Artists 2016, 2017, 2018

Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2016, 2017

Royal West of England Academy 2016

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (Portrait) 2015

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (Prize) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (All Media) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018




13th International ARC Salon Catalogue 2018

Columbia Threadneedle Prize Catalogue 2018 

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




Review 301st Exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists, 2018

Featured Artist: Lines and Colors, 2018 

Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition review, 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)

ARC Associate Living Master  




Awards and Distinctions


2018 - Finalist, Jackson's Open Painting Prize

2018 - Finalist, 13th International ARC Salon

2018 - Finalist, The Columbia Threadneedle Prize

2018 - Shortlisted, Artists 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