Calef Brown

Providence, Rhode Island On Etsy since 2009

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Calef Brown

Providence, Rhode Island | 464 Sales

Announcement    Hello and welcome to my shop. I have several original ink drawings for sale right now. Free shipping on everything within the US. Thanks for looking!


Last updated on Oct 8, 2020

Hello and welcome to my shop. I have several original ink drawings for sale right now. Free shipping on everything within the US. Thanks for looking!



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5 out of 5 stars
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  • Eileen on Oct 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Charming, witty, and beautifully executed.

  • Andrea on Sep 27, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    A pleasure dealing with Calef, shop owner.

  • Billy on Sep 17, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I cannot believe I just bought an original artwork by one of my favorite illustrators! (Am I gushing? I'm pretty sure I'm gushing.)

  • Caitlin on Sep 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Love it ! Thank you

  • marygsf on Aug 31, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Calef Brown for King! Woot!

  • Sascha on Jul 8, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    One of my favorite artists & children's book authors. So happy to own this print!

  • Shelley on Nov 26, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Caleb’s art is whimsical yet poignant and absolutely gorgeous when viewing it in hand.

  • Randy on Sep 11, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    I'm extremely happy with my purchase. It arrived promptly and well protected. Love your work, Calef!

  • balubba on Sep 1, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Circles, big and small, as actual painted shapes, and as organizing design principles, are the key to this delightful image's perfection in design. The unfaltering, decisive brush strokes seem to be as effortlessly balanced as the rider atop his bike. Impeccable design alone, compelling art doth not make! As with all of Calef's work, the expressive component is paramount and always eloquently conveyed. The most carefree times of my childhood were had atop a banana bike. Yes, I love the piece!

  • balubba on Aug 10, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Little more than an ideogram, this visual haiku is an arresting snap shot of feline mischief. This remarkable sketch directly reveals the essence of art making. The ink is instantly absorbed by the thirsty print paper, making corrections impossible. Calef must incorporate each mark into the final image, or abort, and begin anew. Hand, eye and heart must all be in 'sync' to pull these sketches off with such mastery. I find these, to be among Calef's finest work. As a grateful collector, I consider it a rare privilege to purchase from this shop. As a seller, Calef's meticulous attention to all aspects of each transaction, coupled with his genuine affability, make for some of the most pleasureable buying experiences I have enjoyed on Etsy. The highest of recommendations !!!

About CalefBrown

Sales 464
On Etsy since 2009

Polkabats & Mysterious Fish

I grew up in rural Vermont, upper west side Manhattan, row house Philadelphia, and suburban Boston.
I studied illustration at Pratt Institute and Art Center College of Design, but am a self- taught writer and poet.

Some of the first stories I wrote and illustrated concerned such subjects as a giant pile of stinky dead fish, people driving tables and bathtubs, tiny Vikings who live in cereal boxes and this one time when I got my tongue stuck to a freezer box.

Four of my books were written during trips to India, the southern part of the country being my favorite place in the world.

I try to write and create art everyday, in my sketchbook, with ink & brush, or acrylic and gouache. I live on a beautiful island in Maine with my family, two cats, and a dog named Sneech. What I love about Esty is having a way to stay connected no matter where I live, while allowing people into my studio to have a look around.

These days I’m working on new books that will be coming out in 2012 and 2013, as well as lots other projects.

Look for
Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium,due out out this July,
We Go Together! – A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse, coming in January,
& Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny: Pick one. Draw it. Make it Funny! – a drawing, doodle, sticker book, out now!

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  • Calef Brown

    Owner, Maker, Chief Enthusiologist

    I write, paint, and live with my family on a small foggy island in Maine.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 11, 2012
Welcome to Calef Brown's Shop!
Feel free to peruse drawings, paintings and sculptures from his studio as well as past editorial work and original illustrations from his celebrated children's books. Feel free to ask any questions prior to your purchase. Each piece is unique, and we do our best to describe each one and respond to your questions as soon as possible.

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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Please ask any questions prior to your purchase, all sales are final.
I accept Pay Pal and ask to receive payments during Checkout.
Your purchase will be shipped via USPS Priority Mail. Delivery confirmation is included.
I try to use recycled packaging materials whenever possible to make sure your art arrives safely.
Please contact me prior to purchasing artwork if you are requesting shipping outside of the United States so I can give you the correct total for checkout.
Additional policies and FAQs
Purchase is for original art only, Calef Brown retains copyrights for all images.