Henry Callahan

Biography

Henry Callahan has gained invaluable experience working in the marketing communications and advertising fields, and through travel, painting and drawing while immersed in the customs of various cultures.

During his formative years, he gained valuable experience as a graphic designer and marketing professional while expanding his knowledge of art history. Living and working in New York City was an especially productive time during which he studied the works of master Abstract Expressionist and Impressionist painters, spending many hours in the city’s museums.

In 1984, Henry founded and was President of Callahan & Company, a marketing communications firm in Baltimore, MD concentrating on retail food and foodservice marketing in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. In 2000 he moved to south Florida where he spent several years painting and traveling extensively, establishing represenational relationships with galleries in the U.S. and in France. Callahan subsequently worked as director of client services for a prominent digital marketing firm in Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he traveled to and represented Caribbean destinations and luxury resorts.

A Georgia native, Callahan has lived and worked in New York, Philadelphia, northern California, DC, Baltimore, and Fort Lauderdale before recently relocating to Atlanta where he now concentrates his time painting and traveling.

Artist Statement

My paintings are Expressionist works that reference Nature: earth, sky and oceans. Even more specifically: mountains, deserts, underwater, forests, plains, lakes, the heavens…. our natural world. Nature speaks to, influences and inspires me to create works that reflect how I see the universe interacting with our lives and the environment in which we live. By channeling nature, I am the medium through which these paintings manifest themselves.

My paintings are Abstract, but more than that, they are extensions of feelings and emotions inspired by their subject matter. Travel has broadened my view of the world and these paintings reflect my love of differing parts of the earth reflected here. The titles speak of place and location.

Intense and subtle color combinations are created by multiple layers of transparent and opaque paint which evoke a dialogue between the canvas and viewer. Nature speaks through these works to those who listen and see, beyond Abstraction.

My goal is not only to communicate, but more so to challenge the viewer to see nature in ways not anticipated; when this occurs, I feel that I have succeeded.