Disruption, displacement partnered with themes of growth, and regeneration are the themes driving Callis’ work. He explores ancient Judo / Christian traditions of resurrection, regeneration, reconciliation and redemption. The works acknowledge the paradoxical coexistence of success and failure, disruption and regeneration, of tragedy and celebration. There is an evidenced embodied history of the destructive and regenerative action accumulated in the surfaces of each painting.
About his work Callis states: “What has become increasingly important is the relationship between the painting as a physical entity and a transcendent metaphoric object. There is the subject of the hand, of color, of the paint itself. There is also the subject of poetic image.”
“Simply stated; I make things, messy things, full of color made from materials that feel and smell intoxicating. These materials are full of potential and full of limits. I use these tactile, fleshy materials to make something that may help me understand a bit more then I understood before. “
“Creating an abstract painting is a convergence of what I see, what I read and what I hear joined with the art-making process. The act of painting demands my attentiveness filtered through a matrix of intentionality and material. The canvases are a site of action and reaction, a turbulent space of metamorphosis and flux. Destruction and elimination, as well as addition and accumulation become a dynamic part of the methodology. The painting often bears witness to the clumsy and at times desperate search for its own meaning. I create an art form where struggle, and failure, can simultaneously be joyous, and hopeful.”