Born in Queensland in 1887, Charles Callins worked for several newspapers in Queensland, served in the Australian Infantry Forces during World War I and began painting with no formal training on his retirement in 1947. A naive painter he usually painted North Queensland subjects and painted until about 1980. He exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne from 1969. His work was included in Raw and Compelling, an exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Gallery in 2005.
The earliest auction listing we have for Charles Callins is in 1983 and in total 20 works by the artist have been offered for sale, of which 12 (60%) were sold. The highest price recorded for the artist is $4,880 for Late Rainstorm in Cairns sold by Mossgreen Auctions in November 2011. No works have been offered for sale this year, and the last sale we have recorded for the artist was in 2023. Works by Charles Callins are held by the National Gallery of Australia and Queensland Art Gallery.
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