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The Watercolors of Robert E. Callahan

Silences Seen

March 10th – April 30th, 2010

Reception: Sunday, March 14, 2010 3:00pm – 5:00pm

“Silences Seen,” a collection of watercolors by Bob Callahan, is a visual journey of a return to his first passion, the art of the watercolor sketch. After over 45 years of working as an award-winning graphic designer with clients including IBM, GE, People’s Bank and Yale Repertory Theatre, Callahan has prepared scenes inspired by his love of the outdoors for a one-person exhibition at the UConn, Stamford Art Gallery. The artworks are composed of the artist’s travels to Bermuda, Jamaica, Stowe, Vermont, Watch Hill, Rhode Island along with scenes derived from his own Stamford backyard.

Callahan values “freshness” and loves the elements of surprise that watercolor allows. “You have to figure out what happens when a wet brush hits wet paper — what kind of accidents are going to occur. The challenge to bring the paint under my control and to express my vision. You plan the watercolor in your mind and then execute it quickly. You learn little tricks as time goes by, such as letting the background dry to a certain point and then putting in the mountains in so you get a bit of softness between the mountains and the sky.” In doing this, he raises a simple landscape to iconic status. Critics have called his work free, expressive, and spontaneous.

The artist has been drawing since he was a teenager and originally thought of becoming a cartoonist for Disney. He’s a man who is known for his community spirit, having donated his artistic and acting talents to a multitude of arts organizations. It was his association with the Stamford Symphony, as well as his melodious basso voice that led to his performance as narrator of “Peter and the Wolf.'” “The kids loved it,” says Callahan. “I painted a picture with words.”

Education
1955 – 1960    School of Visual Arts, NYC
Post Grad    The New School

Solo Exhibitions
1974   Galerie Orpheus Ascending, Stockbridge MA (Drawings)
2010   UConn Stamford  (Watercolors)

Group Exhibitions
1975  Old Greenwich Art Show  (Drawings)
2008  Stone Gallery, Stamford, CT (Watercolors)
2008  Arts & Crafts on Bedford, Stamford, CT  (Drawings and watercolors)
2009  Arts & Crafts on Bedford, Stamford, CT  (Drawings and watercolors)

Awards
1975  Best of Show: Old Greenwich Art Show (Drawings)
2008  Best of Show: Arts & Crafts on Bedford (Watercolors)

Commissions
2009  Mr and Mrs Donald Macdougal, Delray Beach, Florida

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