Damian Callan


Artist biography

Damian Callan is a contemporary artist considered well established, Damian Callan was born in 1960. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Edith Dekyndt, Carlo Bellini, Darole Pradeep Bhaskar, Javier Baldeon, and Maurizio Cattelan.

Further Biographical Context for Damian Callan

Damian Callan was born in 1960 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central strains of the previous decade. Conceptual art developed as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the extensive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal reflections, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. New York maintained an influential position in the international art scene, ensuring that global artists continued to gravitate to the galleries, bars and downtown scene there. The largely Italian Arte Povera Movement gained world-wide recognition during the 1970s, with artists like Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attaining worldwide acclaim.