Ngaruawahia man’s unconventional art
‘‘It really makes me feel good... this stuff is so exciting’’
There’s no telling what piece of art Edd Callaghan will create, it only comes to life when he opens his eyes.
When creating his masterpieces, the Ngaruawahia self-taught artist sits down and goes into a ‘‘trance’’. Within minutes, his subject is created. ‘‘I shut my eyes and 90 per cent of the time I have no idea what I’m drawing.’’
Once he sees the manically drawn lines, he uses his ‘sub-concious’ to figure out what it is.
Then it sometimes takes weeks to complete each piece using various colours to tell the story.
Over the last two weeks, his collection was featured at Next Level Gallery in Hamilton.
It consisted of a two-faced Donald Trump, kids flying kites, and a baby being born amongst many others.
Callaghan started the modern art style about nine years ago.
‘‘I had my [late] wife at home with serious Alzheimer’s and I had to keep sane.’’
His collection also featured sketches of his wife while in a rest home.
One of her calm and serene and another silently screaming.
Art was a means of escape and had given him joy over the past three decades, he said.
And while his working career consisted of anything but art, he’s now found a vocation that’s made him truely happy.
‘‘It really makes me feel good... this stuff is so exciting.’’
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea with most finding it confusing at first.
‘‘If you know how it comes about, it makes it more interesting.’’
He usually dictates the story but he said it’s up to the individual to interpret his creations.
Now retired, he spends a good chunk of his days creating pieces which fill every wall of his home except the toilet.
Some of which have been inspired by locals at the Ngaruawahia RSA.
Callaghan creates commission pieces also and said one time he used that particular style to re-create someone’s nightmare.
The dream was about being chased by an octupus.
‘‘He came to the house and picked it up and he said ‘I don’t have the dream anymore, it’s in the painting’.’’
While he finds the style thrilling, he said it might be time to switch it up soon.
‘‘Like most artists, you keep changing... so I might do something else.’’