Monday, July 21, 2008

112 Year Old Artist Gets First Show

Frank Calloway, 112, draws murals on sheets of butcher paper, sometimes more than 30 feet long.

What a story. Frank Calloway has lived in mental health centers since 1952 when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Be sure to watch the (too short) slideshow to see some of his work.


CNN: At 112, artist still going strong

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (AP) -- Bent over or sitting at a table, gripping a ballpoint pen, marker or crayon, Frank Calloway spends his days turning visions from his youth into lively murals -- and at 112 years old, the images of his childhood are a window to another time.

Drawn on sheets of butcher paper and sometimes stretching to more than 30 feet long, the works mostly show rural agricultural scenes, with buildings, trains and vehicles straight out of the early 20th century.

And his colorful creations are gaining more attention in the art world.

The works by a man who has lived about half his life in state mental health centers will be part of an exhibit this fall at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

His caretakers have suspended sales of his artwork until after the show after finding out that some of his drawings could sell for thousands of dollars.

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