Born in 1958 in Glasgow, A J Callan grew up in an optimistic Britain of the 60's. Being encouraged to let his imagination run free, Callan immersed himself into his artwork even at an early age, picking it up after watching his mother doodling while she completed crosswords, after taking art classes at school and being inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci that Callan describes as:
"I never cease to be amazed by Leonardo’s thirst for knowledge and his technical ability."
After finishing school, Callan went on to study Graphic Design and Fine Art for five years and after graduating went into advertisement, still developing his skills in the meanwhile. He eventually decided to become a full-time artist a few years later and has developed his works ever since.
Callan's works are innocent, naive even, stressing childish form with interesting perspective, often his subjects are highly disproportionate, purposely of course, but this makes for interesting pieces. Compositionally Callan's works are beautifully composed, stressing the rule of thirds used in any image-based discipline from Fine Art to Photography, overall creating masterfully painted and sculpted works.