In Frame: Callen Thompson
Posted by Allison Thomas on Mar 23, 2016
Who: Callen Thompson, artist and creator of a fashion textiles line made with eco-friendly inks on natural fabric called Beam.
What: All four pieces are archival giclée prints on archival cotton fine art paper by Callen. The three prints hanging on the wall are all custom framed with a mat. Two in our natural wood gallery frame and one in our white gallery frame. To get the look of the bottom print, try our light walnut gallery frame.
The three abstract pieces (Infinite Sun, Mystics and Mountains and Desert Feather) are patterns I made based on my landscape paintings. I like making patterns that feel like restrained psychedelia. I love the feeling of psychedelic patterning but I need the minimalism of the desert to be mixed into it. I like that these prints look like framed fabric but have the smoothness of paper.
The mountain painting to my right is "Still" - painted after a super satisfying summer trip through Colorado and New Mexico. Somewhere between a wonderful event at the High Mountain Institute and a blustery beautiful hike to Capulin Volcano the feeling of "Still" took up residence in my chest and didn't rest until I got home to Austin and painted it. (Materials: gouache, India ink, watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper).
I painted "Still" in the summer of 2013. These are all in stock at Mockingbird Domestics, an Austin design store. They're one of the stores I work with. All of my paintings are made from a meditative state and are designed to soothe the viewer. I'm calmed and awakened by being outside so these paintings are parcels of that feeling brought indoors.
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