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Globetrotter, Creator and Abstract Artist Callen Schaub shares his thoughts for the day and favourite global travel experiences through his own creative lens.

Callen Schaub is a Montreal-Based abstract artist and creator working with paint, natural forces, and machines in an innovative way to produce bold and thought-provoking contemporary work. With more than 684,000 followers on Instagram and 4.4M on TikTok Callen has garnered a popularity usually reserved for rock stars and celebrities. He is recognized for his vibrant paintings using trapezes, pendulums, and spinning machines. Focusing on the rawness of art, Schaub challenges traditional art-to-canvas painting with his bold, engaging and theatrical performances seeking to redefine how people appreciate and interpret ‘art’.

Schaub believes social media gives him an interesting opportunity to connect directly with the consumer without the middlemen of a gallery. He has harnessed his fascination to explore a more universal language, through live art demonstration as a medium for self-expression and mental wellness. Through his innovative approach, often performed live, he continues to push the boundaries of artistic expression. He openly shares his painting process with viewers, inspiring fans everywhere to participate in his “Fake Art” movement — a movement that encourages mental wellness, anti-cyber bullying and positivity.

The isolation and quarantining demanded by the current pandemic, have underscored the pressure for the kind of commitment to mental wellness Callen has made. He understood immediately that the most vulnerable individuals would suffer even more than others from the deprivation of social interaction “Staying home for long periods of time can be devastating for those that fight mental illness,” he says. To help people cope through the high anxiety 2020 holiday season he launched a 30 “live” art experience throughout December to bring people together and enjoy a moment of human connection.

With paintings hanging in collections around the globe, Schaub continues to make the world a more colourful place one artwork at a time. As part of our Globetrotter series, Callen shares his thoughts for the day and favourite global travel experiences through his own creative lens.

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