Marcus Callum is a British Australian contemporary painter who specialises in realist portraiture. Fusing traditional painting techniques with a contemporary aesthetic, his paintings attempt to convey a sense of psychological insight and are designed to provoke an emotional response.
Trained in Sydney and New York, Marcus received the Dame Joan Sutherland Award in 2014 and received a major scholarship to study at the prestigious New York Academy of Art in 2015. Marcus was a finalist in Australia's most well-known art prize, the Archibald Prize, three years in a row (2011-2013) and won Australia's third richest portrait prize, the Black Swan Portrait Prize in 2015. He was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019. After moving to the UK, Marcus appeared as a finalist on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 at the Wallace Collection in London. In the same year, Marcus won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Australia's premier prize for realistic portraiture.