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Christopher Calle
Christopher Calle

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The Art of Christopher Calle

Christopher Calle

Christopher Calle (1961 -      )

C hristopher Calle became interested in wildlife at a very early age and often went with his father to observe and sketch nature. His father, Paul Calle, (1928 -      ), well known for his western art, continues to produce art and is a great inspiration to Chris.

Chris Calle enrolled in art classes offered at a local nature center where he and his brother were volunteers. Chris was soon drawing and painting the animals he observed. Chris's interest in wildlife continued even into college where he received an B.F.A. at the University of Michigan School of Fine Art in 1983 where he majored in Illustration and Graphic design. His career as an artist started soon after graduation.

Chris's decision to begin a series of original lithographs on endangered species was prompted by his concern for the environment and the unfortunate destiny of the many species disappearing from the earth. "Through my artwork, I hope to bring about an increased awareness of the plight of the animals I portray," says Chris. "Perhaps, through education and conservation efforts, it won't be too late for many species. Unfortunately, it is a sad reality that many species of wildlife are being lost forever. My hope is to one day being forced to discontinue my endangered species series due to lack of subjects."

Chris and his brother, who is now a zoo veterinarian, still collaborate on their favorite subject of wildlife. Chris does the original lithographs and his brother does the written text. Chris's wildlife art is exhibited widely and has done many assignments for the National Wildlife Federation, Reader's Digest, and NASA.

You can view and purchase his signed Lithographs at Knottywood Treasures by going to " "View and Purchase Art ."

Billions of pieces of Chris's artwork have been purchased and viewed all over the world but few people know him as the artist. Chris is an internationally renowned stamp designer of over 200 stamps worldwide and has done over 30 designs for the United States as well as designs for Sweden, the United Nations, and the Marshall Islands. ("In Remembrance of September 11th booklet and "Tropical Reef Life") To see a listing of his stamp designs " View his stamp designs HERE ". It's not unusual for 20 or 30 million copies of a postage stamp to be printed; therefore a stamp artist's work may be the most reproduced artwork of any kind in the world. There were half a Billion stamps produced for his design for the 10c Eagle and Shield.

Paul and Chris CallePaul Calle designed the first 10c Man on the Moon stamp in 1969. (Scott C76) Following in his fathers footsteps, Chris designed the $2.40 Priority stamp design for the 20th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon. He and his father also worked together on the 25th Anniversary of the Moon Landing stamp design.

This is a philatelic event that will most likely never be repeated by any other stamp designers. Aside from stamp designs, Chris also designs first day cover cachets for the enjoyment of collectors. (A cachet is a printed picture that goes on the fdc envelope that enhances the stamp design.)

Knottywood Treasures has a very limited number of Chris's stamp designs autographed by him on first day cover. View our list of Colorano and Collins autographed covers available.

Scott 2419 signed by Chris Calle Chris Calle signing Scott 2940 Alice Hamilton

                                  Scott 2419 signed by Chris Calle                                                    Chris Calle signing Scott 2940 Alice Hamilton

Chris Calle Lithograph - Curious Cubs

Chris Calle Lithograph - Curious Cubs

Chris Calle Lithograph - Quiet Mom Chris Calle Lithograph - Early Morning Wolves

Chris Calle Lithograph - Quiet Mom                                                Chris Calle Lithograph - Early Morning Wolves               

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