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Michigan Impressions: Oil Paintings by Michael Callihan

Our newest exhibition of Michael Callihan paintings will open in conjunction with the First Friday Arts Night Out event Friday, December 2, 2016 from 5 to 8pm at our downtown East Lansing, Michigan gallery.

On display will be numerous new paintings that artist Michael Callihan created in 2016.

Our first exhibition of Michael Callihan paintings opened
Sunday, November 4, 2007 where guests had the opportunity to meet the artist.  Thirty unique oil paintings were then exhibited, many unveiled to the public for the first time!

Callihan canvases do not stay around very long so contact us soon to confirm availability or reserve any that may be of interest to you.  On the bottom of this page are photos of 75 paintings that are no longer available.  If your preferred paintings are already sold, we could request that the artist
create a similar painting for you in any desired size.
  Do contact us about having a special Michael Callihan painting created just for you!

Enjoy the most recent additions to our Callihan collection in the photographs shown below!

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Banner at Saper
                      Galleries
Michael and Sue Callihan in front of Saper Galleries.

Artist Callihan with Gallery Team
Artist Michael Callihan with the Saper Galleries team.

Big Lake
Big Lake
Art Prize Entry for 2015
Oil on canvas, 48 x 70"
$7,000


Distant Woodlands
Distant Woodland
Oil on canvas, 48 x 70"
$7,000



Dream Field
Dream Field
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
$4,000



Winding Country Road
Winding Country Road
Oil on canvas, 8 x 10"
$1,200


Spring Orchard
Spring Orchard
Oil on canvas, 14 x 16"
$1,500



Blue
                        Horizon
Blue Horizon
Oil on canvas, 32 x 46"
$4,500



Fall Ferns
Fall Ferns
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
$5,000

Born in Hastings, Michigan and raised in a small house in Freeport with a large family, Mike Callihan would often escape, wandering through the fields and along dirt roads or fishing in Coldwater Creek, with friends or alone, soaking up the peace and tranquility he found there.

This communion with nature would mold his life and his art.
Artist Callihan

Initially, he tried his hand at industrial pursuits. After high school he worked first as a welder, then as a commercial painter.  Yet he couldn't settle for merely manufacturing products or rolling paint onto walls - he had to create.  As a welder, he’d spend lunch breaks in the back of the shop welding together scraps into abstract sculptures.  He started to build ornate furniture from discarded wood, and he custom painted cars and motorcycles, eventually developing that into a business doing original wall art and faux painting applications in homes.
 

When Mike was 30, he journeyed to the southwest and spent several months living simply, reviewing his life and discovering where his future lay.  When he returned to Michigan he was determined to bring his dream of becoming an artist to reality.

In 1980, he entered Kendall School of Design to major in sculpture, but quickly found that painting was a more personal way of sharing the feelings of his childhood and his love for the outdoors.  He graduated with a fine arts degree in 1984.

Michael
                        Callihan painting
After Kendall, he went to New York and earned a master of fine arts degree from Parsons School of Design.  While he was there, his proximity to the Delaware Water Gap area provided a landscape that further fostered his love of nature.  His early work reflected the styles that he was exposed to during this time but it is Impressionism that primarily influences his work today.

"A lot of impressionistic work that I look at has a dream-like quality— especially the later work of George Inness.  I can understand it.  The work brings out emotions in me that I would like to communicate to others."

Mike’s work reflects the man:  soft-spoken and sensitive.  The pastoral scenes are most frequently described as tranquil, introspective and poetic. 

 
The work reflects his id
Callihan's
                        studioeal of "living in harmony, without stress; calm, relaxed, and observing nature."  Mike's work represents his communion with creation.  The impressions are more than visual; there is an emotional and spiritual aspect as well. 

"I feel like I'm working with the unconscious.  Part of it is controlling what's happening and part of it is just letting it happen. It's very exciting - you never know what's going to show itself next. It's that balance of controlling and not controlling that's so mysterious. When I get out of the way, the most original work is created.  How do I explain that?  To me, it’s just part of the gift".

The first thing you notice about a Callihan image is the soft focus.  Unlike typi
Mike paintingcal Impressionism, with its technique of choppy brushstrokes rapidly laying colors side-by-side, Mike blends his oil pigments together, so layers quietly flow from one area to the next. Although he paints quickly, the finished work appears to have gradually emerged from the canvas.

This carries over to the viewing. You don't glance at a picture; you allow the scene to soak into your consciousness.  This act of unforced contemplation has a calming effect.  As you gaze at the work, you begin to notice the perspective - rather than standing at ground level, you seem to hover just above the land, looking down at a slight angle over the whole countryside.  This bolsters the impression that you're beholding a dream.  Solitary figures, occasionally showing up in his work, perhaps represent his continuing desire to escape to the serenity of nature. 

Mike continues to cultivate his lifelong love of nature on an acre of land overlooking the Rogue River dam in Rockford, Michigan.  He shares a quiet, contemplative life with his wife and fellow artist/massage therapist, Sue.  By day, h
Callihan's palettee tends to the vegetable and flower gardens, and, at night he paints in his studio, a converted 2-car garage nestled into the hillside, where he brings his love of nature, his memories, and his inspirations into this work that he finds so rewarding.

My art is an internal process, translating onto canvas the feelings and memories of places that have captured my imagination, living nearly all my life closely connected to the land.  This connection with the landscape - its mystery, awesome beauty, serenity - is a source of inspiration and comfort. I work to capture the mood, the spirit, of the land. My work reflects the life I try to lead: living in harmony, without stress, calm, contemplating nature.

Summer Clouds
Summer Clouds
Oil on canvas, 40 x 52"
$5,500



Mission Peninsula Morning
Mission Peninsula Morning
Oil on canvas, 44 x 60"
$6,000


View from the Backyard
View From the Backyard
Oil on canvas, 44 x 60"
$6,000

Orange Field
Orange Field
Oil on panel, 16 x 12"
$950 framed
To
                          The Lake
To The Lake
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
$2,300
Turn
                        Around
Turn Around
Oil on canvas 36 x 48"
$3,100

Field
                        Rows
Field Rows
Oil on canvas 36 x 64"
$3,300
Brook
Brook
Oil on canvas 26 x 40"
$2,350
Summer
Summer
Oil on canvas 44 x 60"
$3,850

Early Morning
Early Morning
Oil on canvas, 22 x 40"
$2,200


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Crest
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
$2,200

Van
                      Gogh tree
Van Gogh Tree
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
$950 framed

Draping Shadow
Draping Shadow
Oil on panel, 10 x 14"
$800 framed


Lake
                        Path
Lake Path
Oil on canvas, 22 x 40"
$2,200
Far Light
Far Light
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
$950 framed

I've chosen to use the Impressionist "language" because of its dream-like quality.  It's a kind of poetry.  I feel like I'm working with the unconscious - partly controlling what happens, partly just letting go.  The balance is so mysterious; you never know what will show itself next.

Frog Hole
Frog Hole
Oil on canvas, 24 x 32"
$2,500 framed
Please call to confirm availability

Bright Slope
Bright Slope
Oil on canvas, 22 x 52"
$2,600

Please call to confirm availability

Belmont View
Belmont View
Oil on panel, 11 x 14"
$850 framed
Please call to confirm availability

Along the Park
Along the Park
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
$2,300
Please call to confirm availability
Autumn Evening
Autumn Evening
Oil on canvas 22 x 36"
$2,300
Please call to confirm availability
Sanctuary Near Northport
Sanctuary Near Northport
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
$950 framed

Please call to confirm availability



Callihan
                          Painting
Artist Callihan with "Summer"
44 x 60"





Although the paintings shown below are now hanging on living room and conference room walls in locations around the country, artist Callihan can create a variation for you in the size you may desire!  Just contact us about having a painting commissioned explicitly for you and your spaces!
Sunrise
Sunrise Orchard
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold for $3,100
German Woods
German Woods
Oil on panel, 8 x 10"
Sorry, sold for $600 framed

Rich Shadows
Rich Shadows
Oil on panel, 8 x 10"
Sorry, sold for $600 framed

Putnam Road
Putnam Road
Oil on canvas  40 x 54"
Sorry, sold for $3,600


Hidden lake
Hidden Lake
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
$2,300
Sorry, no longer available
Ridge and Shadow
Ridge and Shadow
Oil on canvas 30 x 44"
$2,600 framed
Sorry, no longer available

Salle's Field
Salle's Field
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
Sold for $950 framed

From Church Street
From Church Street
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
Sorry, no longer available
Behind the Barn Looking North
Behind the Barn Looking North
Oil on panel, 12 x 16"
Sorry, sold for $950 framed
Sugar
                        Shack
Sugar Shack
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available

New Path
New Path
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sorry, sold for $2,800 framed

Tool Shed
Tool Shed
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available

Newago Trestle
Newaygo Trestle
Oil on canvas 40 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available

Lavender Path
Lavender Path
Oil on canvas 22 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley  <New!
Oil on canvas, 32 x 48"
Sorry, no longer available
Hidden Shoreline
Hidden Shoreline
Oil on panel, 8 x 10"
Sorry, sold for $600 framed

Quiet Morning
Quiet Morning
Oil on canvas 30 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
A
                      Moment Last Fall
A Moment Last Fall
Oil on canvas, 30 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
Mysterious Woods
Mysterious Woods
Oil on canvas, 22 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available

Needed Rain
Needed Rain
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
Sorry, no longer available
Shaded Wood
Shaded Wood
Oil on canvas 30 x 44"
Sorry, no longer available

Backyard
Backyard
Oil on canvas 22 x 36"
Sorry, no longer available

Red Trees and Fields
Red Trees and Fields
Oil on canvas 36 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
Sloping Vista
Sloping Vista
Oil on canvas 30 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available

Wind
                      Swept
Wind Swept
Oil on canvas 36 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available

Treetop View
Treetop View
Oil on canvas 24 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
Spill
Spill
Oil on canvas 26 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available
Orchard Lane
Orchard Lane
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold for $2,400

Morning Walk
Morning Walk
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold for $3,100
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Oil on panel, 11 x 14"
Sorry, sold for $850 framed
Morning Rise
Morning Rise
Oil on canvas, 26 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available

Mill
                      Pond
Mill Pond
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold for $3,100
Valley Field
Valley Field
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sorry, sold for $2,400

Shady Wood
Shady Wood
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sorry, no longer available

Bright Summer Sun
Bright Summer Sun
Oil on canvas, 26 x 40"
Sorry, no longer available
Rolling Meadow
Rolling Meadow
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sorry, no longer available
Woods and Orchard
Woods and Orchard
Oil on canvas, 30 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available

Field and Trees and Dunes
Field and Trees and Dunes
Oil on canvas, 30 x 52"
Sorry, no longer available
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Segmented Fields
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sorry, sold for $2,400
Empire Fields
Empire Field 1
Oil on canvas, 22 x 36"
Sorry, sold


Dramatic Vista 2
Dramatic Vista II
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold


Wooded Lane
Wooded Lane
Oil on canvas, 22 x 40"
Sorry, sold


Farm 2
Farm 2
Oil on canvas, 36 x 64"
Sorry, sold


Rogue River Marsh
Rogue River Marsh
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!

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Slope and Big Sky
Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 64"
Sorry, sold


Dramatic Vista 1
Dramatic Vista 1
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!

From the Foot Bridge
From the Foot Bridge
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!

Made Up North
Made Up North
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!

Townsend Park Stream
Townsend Park Stream
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!

Orchard Lane Leelenau
Orchard Lane Leelanau - Farmer's View
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sold, sorry!
East Pasture
East Pasture
Oil on board, 12 x 16"
Sorry, sold

Empire Fields 2
Empire Fields 2
Oil on canvas, 18 x 22"
Sorry, sold

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Lane
Acrylic on canvas, 18 x 40"
Sold, sorry


Northport Field
Northport Field
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold


County Line
County Line
Oil on canvas, 36 x 64"
Sorry, sold


Building Thunder
Building Thunder
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sold, sorry!

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Winter's Leaving
Oil on canvas, 38 x 66"
Sorry, sold


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Spring Apples
Acrylic on canvas, 22 x 52"
Sorry, sold


 Summer Warm
Summer Warm
Oil on canvas, 40 x 60"
Sorry, sold

Light Moment
Light Moment
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sorry, sold
Summer Strorm
Summer Storm
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sold, sorry!
Building Clouds
Building Clouds
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold, sorry!


Countryside
Countryside
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold, sorry!


BackOfTheProperty
Back of the Property
Oil on canvas, 40 x 60"
Sold, sorry!

Expanse
Expanse
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold, sorry!

Transcendent Light
Transcendent Light
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold, sorry!

Clouds Over A Field
Clouds Over A Field
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48"
Sold, sorry!

Figure and Woods
Figure and Woods
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sold, sorry!
Through the Trees
Through the Trees
Oil on canvas, 20 x 30"
Sold, sorry!
North of Peach Rdge
North of Peach Ridge
Oil on canvas, 30 x 44"
Sold, sorry!

Clouds Over Wheat Field
Clouds Over Wheat Field
Oil on canvas, 30 x 40"
Sold, sorry!

Changing Clouds Study
Changing Clouds Study
Oil on canvas, 20 x 36"
Sold, sorry!
Near Algoma
Near Algoma
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sold, sorry!

Back Road to Freeport
Back Road to Freeport
Oil on canvas, 36 x 52"
Sold, sorry!

Sumac
Sumac
Oil on canvas, 36 x 48"
Sold, sorry!


It is with pleasure that Saper Galleries introduces you to the peaceful imagery of Michigan artist Michael Callihan.  Enjoy!

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