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Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
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Boy with Armbands

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Damian Callan

BoywithArmbands
Boy with Armbands by Damian Callan
Oil on board
1995
43 x 51 cm

Reg. Number: G570

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'Boy with Armbands' depicts a scene with two adult figures in the background and a young boy wearing armbands who is walking towards the viewer. His seemingly cautious stance gives the impression that he is slightly unsteady on his feet as he walks through the shallow water - or perhaps he's spotted something below and he's navigating around it. This image was built up layering collage onto board, before applying oil paint with a printmaker's roller. 'I was trying to generate as much movement in the figures and in the water, to capture the atmosphere and dynamism of the pool environment.'

The painting 'Boy with Armbands' is one of a series based on the swimming pool at Leith Waterworld and was part of Damian's final year degree show. At that time he did not have children, but has since used his children as the subject of his paintings whilst on holiday in the waves in the Outer Hebrides. Rather than making recognisable portraits however, Damian's loose and impressionistic treatment of the paint give his subjects a universal appearance. His interests in portraying movement and everyday subjects in his paintings were cultivated through his admiration for two nineteenth century impressionistic painters Claude Monet and Walter Sickert who both dealt with movement and the everyday.

Damian Callan graduated in 1995 from Edinburgh College of Art and has since combined tutoring with his own studio practice. He runs independent classes and also works as a tutor at the Leith School of Art and the National Gallery of Scotland. He has achieved success gaining scholarships and residencies which have enabled him to travel to places including Prague, Toulouse and Tuscany. He has also had his work exhibited in many galleries including The Scottish Gallery, Red Rag Art Gallery, House of Bruar, Thompson's Art Gallery and Liquid Amber Gallery.

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Since 1991 our charity has been assembling one of the largest and most prestigious Collections of original Scottish art in the country. These artworks are uniquely available for display in hospitals and other healthcare settings.


Art in Healthcare is truly committed to the important role that art plays in the healing environment but we need your help to properly maintain and build this unique Collection for the enjoyment and benefit of the hundreds of thousands of staff, patients and visitors who view it each year.


With your help we're able to:


Keep our Collection on display in hospitals and care homes
Support young artists at their degree shows
Buy artwork from professional artists
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Develop our training programmes for volunteers


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"My patients really enjoy looking at our collection. Sometimes they even do an 'art tour' around the premises." ~ Barron Dental Practice


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Our Charity

Art in Healthcare is the leading arts provider for health organisations in Scotland. We lend high quality, original artwork to hospitals and other healthcare settings and provide fun-filled art workshops and talks for patients, care home residents and sheltered housing communities.
Find out more about our work at Art in Healthcare.
Adopt an artwork
Donate with JustGiving

Helpful Links

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland


Total Pageviews

1010


Supported by Edinburgh Art Fair