Neil Callander (American, born 1981)

Neil Callander is a painter and an Assistant Professor of Art at Mississippi State University. Born in Louisville KY, he currently lives and works in Tuscaloosa AL with his wife, son and dog.


“Narrative is an innate and inescapable fact in a realist painting. I pack a painting with cultural and personal references and work toward a flexible narrative. As more is added the internal relationships get denser, tighter, and more intricate. The act of viewing my paintings is an unlocking of these internal relationships. Experiencing dense paintings that slowly reveal their nature can help us cope with the pervasiveness of fast-talking, slick images. In a media-riddled world, painting is a stabilizing force.”