Reflections on past work: Egle’ 1973

Painting of Egle' My Studio at Georgia State University

Egle’ 1973 5.50′ x 6.50′ canvas & acrylic


This is one of my favorite pieces and is a painting of my dear friend and art colleague Egle’ Gatins. This period of painting for me was rich with subject matter that symbolized my love for color and patterns and also dolls. There were  many layers of depth and meaning including for me symbolism representing the feminine .  Egle’ is even painted as if she were a giant doll. And in fact  I did use a life size maniquin in my still lifes as model, one I  rescued from the garbage, (a practice one the nursing students at Grady Hospital used). I was primarily influenced by the  French painter Vuillard, a contemporary of Bonard and Matisse.  The series of paintings that I produced after this one just poured out of me, and I worked on this series for a couple of years. This work was some of my favorite; it was powerful, and flowed so easily. Recently I have been pulling out drawings from this time and feel an urge to integrate elements of this work into my current artwork.


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  1. Helen Deramus March 3, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    There are so many layers of meaning in this work that I linger for along time. Defnitely see Vuillard influence. Keep going back to the marks on the red and the doll on the left. Thanks for sharing this image.

    • Callahan March 4, 2014 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks Helen I am an admirer of you and your artwork and your feedback meaningful for me.

  2. Sandra Hughes March 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

    There is a muted exoticism to the painting mingled with a potent sadness – loss and yearning that is nostalgic without being

    • Callahan March 4, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      oh Sandra, pretty elegant framing of this piece and yes I too see that, felt much of that as I painted it. Insightful.

  3. pam beagle daressta March 4, 2014 at 8:52 am #

    I want to go into this painting snuggle in the layers of tradition , so rich thank you for sharing.

    • Callahan March 4, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      What a rich comment Pam appreciate your experience of it enlivens my own as well.

  4. Emmy March 4, 2014 at 9:15 am #

    I also dragged old art out and have been considering the possibility of making new pieces with the old.

    • Callahan March 4, 2014 at 10:58 am #

      Will be interested in what you find as dig out Emmy. Thanks for dropping by and leaving comment. I did go over to your site as well and v.interesting. Will re-visit later when I can spend sometime with your work.