Marking his 60th birthday, Callan at 60 at the Dundas Street Gallery in Edinburgh is a retrospective exhibition of 60 works from the past 25 years by Damian Callan – 30 previous works loaned by collectors and friends and 30 new pieces completed this year, all displayed chronologically. Callan’s work is characterised by movement and dynamism, whether depicting boys fishing from a rock, his family sightseeing in Paris or recent, intimate images of his wife Ruth produced during the first lockdown.
Born in London, Damian Callan initially trained as a scientist before moving to Edinburgh to work with people with learning disabilities. While studying Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, he began painting bathers in the wave machine at Leith Waterworld. Trips to the west coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides provided rich material, such as children battling waves on a beach. He also offers online painting and drawing courses and has a series of instructional videos.