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contemporary realist painter Marcus Callum
Marcus is an award-winning figurative painter and contemporary
portrait artist who works between London and Sydney.
Aesthetica Magazine Video Profile July 2019
"Meg", oil on linen, winner of Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize 2018
“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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