A little bit About the Artist.
At first glance, the explosion of color is what draws you into Bob Callender’s art. The images, the detail, and the power statement of vivid and vibrant in the perfect mix captivate the imagination. First, there is a peace that comes over you. Then you become captured by the detail, closeness, and unparalleled respect for the landscape and architecture. Looking closer still, you can find hidden meaning in each piece. Whether it is the story of the towering image that makes you feel so small in comparison. Or the amazing sunset that seems to dwarf the massive structure down to size, it draws you in.
As you peer into the life of these modern-day cowboys, you gain a small insight into the beauty that surrounds one of the most dangerous, important, and unforgiving careers in the modern-day world. The oil and gas industries are known for their rugged characters and their black and white set of values. Bob captures the hard-core frame of mind with a balance of beauty and respect for the industry and for the people that make this their life. The idea that this empire is still so raw, harsh, and dangerous in absolute harmony with the passion and celebration of the vast wilderness that surrounds it, makes it a testament to its surreal beauty.
There is a heritage and a code to live by. The story that so many who have grown up in and around the oilfield know by heart. There is perfection in the imperfection. The eagle eye and wrinkled brow of the men and women that make this their everyday life. Bob has found a way to not only capture these ideas but the pageantry of the sunset, the dagger-like precision of the lightning storm, and the ferocious colors of rust that only the unforgiving weather and time can create.
When you first meet Bob Callender his energy and vision are infectious. He is so passionate about what he does and who he surrounds himself with. His commitment to excellence and desire to be the best at what he does are evident in his work. Bob credits this work ethic to growing up in an oilfield family of 10.
Bob gained a magical and powerful respect for the oilfield, the work ethic and values it represents, and the men and women that make one of the greatest industries in America happen. In his eyes, these are the unsung heroes and pioneers of today.
He would actually prefer this to be more about the art, and less about the artist. Bob’s art is available through his galleries and 100s of fine art galleries around the world.