These are two 9″x12″ abstract portraits of artist Frank Calloway, drawn and painted with pen, ink, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors. Dina Kerik’s Deepwater Journal alerted me to the story of Frank and the reference image for the artworks.

I was inspired by his passion for drawing, which started when he was 86 years old. Frank Calloway turned 112 years old on July 2, 2008, and art continues to be a part his life. I also like the youthful quality of his drawings, and the consistency hints at a very mature, organized, and creatively patterned style.

High quality giclée prints of each portrait are available at ImageKind.

Abstract Portrait Drawing of Frank Calloway

Abstract Portrait Painting of Frank Calloway

Abstract Portraits of Frank Calloway

6 thoughts on “Abstract Portraits of Frank Calloway

  • August 17, 2008 at 5:13 am

    Michael!! These are just magnificent! I especially like the first one which to my eye has your signature ‘euphoria’ surrounding it.

    I love that your faces come out of these clouds of color and emotion!

    I’m going to link to these from the DWJ!


  • August 17, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Thanks Dina,
    I appreciate your comments on these, and I’m grateful for the link! 🙂

    Your Deepwater Journal is a treasure trove of creative topics and beautiful art that I hope many more eyes will see.

  • August 18, 2008 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful stuff. Just amazing. It’s like the faces appear out of a cloud. I went to the DWJ and saw the stuff there about him. he’s an amazing story, as well. I keep using that word, but i just don’t know what else to say.

  • August 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Thanks Lou! I like clouds. Especially when a vaguely recognizable form takes shape. The reward of discovery and being at the right place at the right time to witness that moment is joyful. Sort of like discovering and being witness to people who float in and out of my life… or the moment a face takes shape in the artwork, hopefully preserved a few years on paper.

    Frank’s story and these drawings conjure a sense of urgency in me to savor amazing moments and people, but I wouldn’t have been as aware of that without your comment. Thank you!

  • August 21, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Go see your additions to the Frank Calloway post!

  • August 21, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Cool! Thanks again for posting them, it’s neat seeing them with all the other great information about Frank.

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