original oil painting by award winning contemporary figurative painter and portrait artist Marcus Callum based in York, United Kingdom

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Original oil painting on aluminium composite panel, 36 x 48 x 1.5 inches. Unframed - painting has a sturdy aluminium subframe at rear ready for wall hanging. Shipped with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. 

Inspired by ancient Greek temple friezes and pediments, Baroque figurative paintings and Dante's Inferno.

“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 | Art Guide Australia | October 29, 2018.

"Marcus 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

Marcus Callum is an Australian contemporary realist painter known for his realist portraits. He fuses traditional oil painting techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to create works charged with psychological insight.

Trained in Sydney and New York, Marcus received the Dame Joan Sutherland Award in 2014 and a major scholarship to study at the prestigious New York Academy of Art in 2015. He 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 (now the Lester Prize) in 2015. Marcus was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center International Salon in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019. He appeared as a finalist on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 at the Wallace Collection in London and in the same year won the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Australia's premier prize for realistic portraiture. Marcus was most recently longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize for 2020.


Artist Interview, House of Coco Magazine July 2019:


As seen in:

Tatler, Vanity Fair, GQ, The World of Interiors, House of Coco, Inside Artists, Aesthetica Magazine.