17th October - 10th November 2018
The Lever Gallery is delighted host a solo exhibition on behalf of artist Colin McCallum.
Born in Glasgow, McCallum studied and worked in London, before moving to Barcelona where he lived and worked for over a decade. For METROPOLIS, the majority of large and medium paintings on show have been created since his return to East London in 2016. McCallum’s use of multi-layered abstraction and vivid colour constitute a staggeringly vibrant assault on the senses.
“....the city stimulates me in every way……”, Colin McCallum
McCallum is acutely tuned into the textures, surfaces, colours, lights and structures of the metropolitan environment. This latest collection of paintings is more than an evocation of the urban landscape; it is a visceral, emotional response to the visual overload of contemporary city life and our ‘always on’ digital technology. Many of these works are influenced by his local neighbourhood of Canary Wharf, where vast modern corporate and residential skyscrapers, illuminated by neon, loom against a diminishing backdrop of post-industrial docklands.
McCallum creates his work in series that he develops over time, returning to motifs and colours repeatedly, whilst making subtle or radical changes until a new series comes to life. He is energised by new ideas and mediums in patterns that are repeated and broken, allowing his subject matter to dictate the piece’s style and delivery. He utilises a range of media - from spray paint and stencils, as in his Prism collection, to drawing with poured paint, as he does in his Template series. In Interference, McCallum painstakingly layers horizontal lines of paint, creating colour texture that appears to change according to the light. In the Metropolis exhibition we see how McCallum is still developing his techniques and how each series of works continues to evolve.
Pattern plays a large role in his work, with regular motifs of dots and lines. He has been inspired by other artists who incorporate pattern and repetition such as 20th Century Op-artists like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, Bauhaus artist and textile designer Anni Albers as well as contemporary artists Peter Halley, Yayoi Kusama, Beatriz Milhazes and Sarah Morris.
The exhibition will be open by appointment only from 17th October 2018 and general daily opening from 25th October 2018 to 10 November 2018
Prism Magenta Green Yellow, 2015, acrylic, spray paint & pen on canvas, 120 cm X 120 cm