Philadelphia-based artist Rebekah Callaghan paints flowers and foliage, but her subject matter is color, light and the passage of time. Painting from gardens and plants, these recognizable elements are reduced to their most skeletal forms enmeshed with bright bursts of patterning and muted tones of suggested shadows.
Made with many layers of paint, each responding to the layer before, the work calls to the complexity of change and the beauty of transformation. These layered, lustrous botanical compositions ask the viewer to look closely and carefully, bringing attention to both the act of painting and the joy of looking.
In the artist’s words, the best discoveries emerge when she replaces assurance and habits with questions and reflection. Heavily observational approaches are swapped for a deeper immersion in the paintings’ structure, allowing space for reaction and time for sentiment. More often than not, this means reworking layers, reinventing space, and making room for spontaneity until the paintings eventually surfaced. Some of the paintings are filled with commotion, others with peace. They’re the evidence of the artist’s search for unknown spaces, of leaning in to letting go, and realizing the gift of being there for it.
Rebekah Callaghan (b. 1985) has been included in numerous exhibitions across the United States. She has forthcoming exhibitions in Bellport Village, NY and Sirmione, Italy. Callaghan’s paintings have been featured in Forget Good Magazine (Issue 09), the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Title Magazine. Callaghan received her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
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Rebekah Callaghan | Surfaced1 - 30 Jun 2023Rebekah Callaghan’s latest series, Surfaced, brings to the forefront themes of discovery and rebirth. In the artist’s words, the paintings materialized one she surrendered her expectations of what they should...
Rebekah Callaghan & Ben Reeves | Ephemeral Ground15 Jul - 31 Aug 2020Maybaum Gallery is pleased to present Ephemeral Ground, a joint exhibition featuring artists Rebekah Callaghan & Ben Reeves. Philadelphia-based artist Rebekah Callaghan paints flowers and foliage, but her subject matter...
Present Company | Recent Paintings by Rebekah Callaghan1 Sep - 16 Oct 2018San Francisco, CA - Maybaum Gallery is pleased to announce “Present Company” an exhibition of recent paintings by Rebekah Callaghan. In her premier exhibition on the west coast, Maybaum Gallery...
2013 MFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ
2008 BFA Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Philadelphia, PA
2007 Temple University Rome; Rome, Italy
2018 New Radicals, curated by Aubrey Levinthal, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2018 Treason Flowers, curated by Mark Mahosky, Kutztown University; Kutztown, PA
2018 I See An Omen, curated by Will Hutnick, Benaco Arte, Sirmione, Italy
2017 Rebekah Callaghan, Dustin Metz, Kevin Travers, Day Space, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Losing Its Name, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2017 Phototropic: Three Perspectives, Community Arts Phoenixville, Phoenixville, PA
2017 Sick Painters, curated by Dustin Metz, Ms. Barbers, Los Angeles, CA
2016 FOOD! Practice's 5th Annual Fundraiser, PRACTICE, Philadelphia, PA
2016 The Woodmere Annual: 75th Juried Exhibition, The Condition of Place, curated by Odili Odita, Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA
2015 Still Life Forever, curated by Stanislav Shpanin, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2014 Common Place, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA
2014 Qualia, FJORD, Philadelphia, PA
2013 The Breakfast Club - curated by Katie Bode, Brooklyn, NY
2013 HEY WHERE ARE YOU, F&N Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013 _(ツ)_/¯ Mason Gross MFA Class of 2013, White Box, New York, NY
2013 Victory For Tyler: Victory For All - Juried and curated by Paulina Pobocha, assistant curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, MOMA, Ice Box, Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Hands On A Hard Body, Mason Gross Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2012 National Juried MFA Competition, Juror: John Yau, First Street Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Qualia panel discussion with Monica Amor, Rubens Ghenov, Chrissy Scolaro, and AJ Rombach; FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2013 ForgetGood Issue 09, http://forgetgood.co/
2009 Art Journal 68, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 40
2015-present Adjunct Professor, Delaware County Community College; Media, PA
2015 Instructor, Tyler School of Art Continuing Education; Philadelphia, PA
2014 Adjunct Professor, Tyler School of Art; Philadelphia, PA
2012-2013 Appointed Teaching Assistant, Mason Gross School of the Arts; New Brunswick, NJ
2012-2013 Mentorship Program, Mason Gross School of the Arts; New Brunswick, NJ
2011-2013 Painting Instructor of Record, Mason Gross School of the Arts; New Brunswick, NJ
Seattle Art Fair 202327 - 30 Jul 2023Opening Evening Thursday, July 27: 6—9pm All Public Days Friday, July 28: 11am—7pm Saturday, July 29: 11am—7pm Sunday, July 30: 11am—6pm The Fair Pass allows...
Seattle Art Fair Booth #C012 - 5 Aug 2018Collectors Preview: Thursday, August 2, 2018 | 3:30PM – 6:00PM Public Hours: Friday, August 3, 2018 | 11:00AM – 8:00PM Saturday, August 4, 2018 |...
Art Market San Francisco Booth #11326 - 29 Apr 2018Preview: Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM Public Hours: Friday, April 27, 2018 | 11:00AM – 7:00PM Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11:00AM...