September 2019 Artist in Residence James McCallum from Australia

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Belgrade Art Studio is delighted to welcome Australian artist, James McCallum.

James McCallum has  a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from the National Art School (2011) and an Associate Diploma of Music Teaching for the trumpet (2017).  He has been teaching art classes at the Lane Cove Art Gallery and music to primary school students including the trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba.

McCallum makes sculptural work that challenges the history of abstract sculpture from the 1950s and 1960s. Having an interest in the relationship between art and architecture, he has experimented with modern aesthetics of architecture and how it can be used to create context and dynamic spaces in sculpture. Having been strongly influenced by Anthony Caro, Issac Witkin and Ron Robertson Swann he has looked to build upon their methods of hard-edge abstraction and how they interpret ideas of expressing weight, compression, volume, lightness and colour in sculpture.

Having lived and grown up in Sydney, Australia McCallum reflect’s on the fast-pasted urban development that continues to grow. Living and working in the western suburbs, McCallum has noticed the environment of residential denitrification and population increase drastically. This has led to  McCallum to move towards a clean and hardedge characteristic.