Kevin John Callahan
I make drawings, paintings and prints. I have been doing this for years and don't know why. Drawings are what I prefer over all other art forms. These lay bare most prominently the originator's skills and thought processes.
Tools are important to me. I love the freedom offered with pallet knives and brayers. I don't plan the work because I want to be surprised with the outcome. Attempts can be worked to failure and those are important exercises. Simplicity, honesty and spontaneity are important to me.
I have been making work for myself since leaving the U of Wisc-River Falls in 1983. I undertook a broad area arts degree, focused on the idea of teaching (didn't happen). Aside from Keiko Harra and Adele Henderson, the teaching staff was comprised of MFAs from Cranbrook. In 1980, I participated in a UWRF sponsored quarter abroad program. I was drawn to expressionism as a student and traveled Europe to find works by Die Brucke and Der Blauer Reiter. I left school in 1983 and moved to CA in 1984.
UPDATE: As of August 2017 I am renting a studio in downtown San Jose (Citadel Art Studios, 199 Martha Street).