Kelly McCallum’s fascination with taxidermy began at a young age after visiting Norman Elder’s house and viewing his extensive collection. Through her shocking, bizarrely beautiful sculptures she explores death and its effects, the way we react to change and give new meaning to old things, and celebrates the animals beauty and fragility. Frozen in melodramatic, grandiose scenes, her characters are unforgettable.
Ms. McCallum earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Arts degree from The Royal College of Art, London, England. She also studied Animal Science, Pre Veterinarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for a year. Her works have been exhibited in countries around the world, including Canada, the United States, France, Korea, The United Kingdom and Poland, in galleries and museums such as the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Modern Cultural Center in Seoul and S&G Arte Contemporanea in Berlin. She has been featured in numerous notable publications, such as Frame, Wall Street Journal and Vogue.

Detective Bertram Bancroft

Detective Bertram Bancroft

Billy Bob

Billy Bob

The Final Act

The Final Act

Oasis India

Oasis India

Dutchess Anne Louise Chapman

Dutchess Anne Louise Chapman

Generale Enzo Bianchi

Generale Enzo Bianchi

*Courtesy of the artist


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Kelly McCallum’s fascination with taxidermy began at a young age after visiting Norman Elder’s house and viewing his extensive collection. Through her shocking, bizarrely beautiful sculptures she explores death and its effects, the way we react to change and give new meaning to old things, and celebrates the...