Echo McCallister’s style is innocent, childish, primitive. Although not fully aware of it, he has created figures and shapes of intense simplicity.
He explores the possibilities of color to recreate fantastic landscapes inhabited by dragonflies, giant flowers, naked trees... all these works bear his unique hallmark, similar to other 20th Century artists like Joan Miró or Jasper Johns.
Echo was born in West Virginia in 1945 within a large and humble family. From an early, age he was in the habit of hiding in his room to paint over all kind of surfaces (cans, beer mats, or anything available). Only after his admission to the Spencer State Hospital –where he received support– he started to employ other resources, to create his characteristic explosions of color that bear some resemblance to Matisse.