Damian Callan was born in London in 1960. He initially trained as a scientist, before choosing to work with people with disabilities.
He went on to study painting at Edinburgh College of Art, and became particularly interested in the moving figure. Now he uses his wife and four children as models for his drawings and paintings of figures in action on Scotland's West Coast. He has a studio in Edinburgh where he teaches classes, as well as at The National Gallery and Leith School of Art. He also writes for Artists and Illustrators Magazine.