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Portrait Commission by Portrait Artist Marcus Callum, Meg, Oil on linen

Welcome to the website of 
contemporary portrait artist Marcus Callum 

Marcus is an award-winning contemporary figurative painter. Known for his realist portraits, his oil paintings fuse traditional techniques with a contemporary aesthetic.


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“Marcus Callum’s painting has an arresting luminosity that matches the sensitivity of the treatment of his subject... a virtuosic demonstration of contemporary realist portrait painting.” 


Dr Andrew Frost, Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award 2018 judge on Marcus's winning

portrait Art Guide Australia | October 29, 2018



"National Portrait Gallery senior curator Dr Christopher Chapman,... described “Wrecking Ball” as a “compelling example of the possibilities of contemporary portraiture. While the sitter is outwardly recognisable, at the same time the portrait gives a very strong sense of a resourceful inner life and the sense of flux that characterizes selfhood. The artwork has been filtered and processed in a particularly inventive way. A very deliberate sense of perfected craft."


Nicholas Forrest | BLOUINARTINFO | October 02, 2015



"Marcus Callum is an exciting addition to Trinity College's significant art collection... a multiple finalist in the renowned national Archibald Prize; an achievement that has assured his position as one of Australia's leading contemporary figurative realist artists."


Campbell Bearstow, Dean, Trinity College | University of Melbourne



"I would also single out Marcus Callum's work... virtually as good as anything that might have come out from the Parisian Ecole des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of David or Ingres."


Eugene Barilo von Reisberg 2013 | Charles Nodrum Gallery, Director BvR Arts Management






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