b. 1962, Edinburgh, Scotland
Callum Innes is among the most significant abstract painters of his generation. His paintings are highly disciplined but also uncertain spaces, combining the controlled authority of monochrome geometric forms with ever-present traces of fluidity and an always-apparent tendency towards formal dissolution. Central to his distinctive artistic process is a dual activity of painting and ‘unpainting’. Innes begins by applying densely mixed dark pigment onto a prepared canvas before then brushing the wet surface with turpentine: strategically stripping away sections of the painted space before it has entirely settled and solidified. In an ongoing series such as his Exposed Paintings, solid square blocks of deep, complex black are accompanied by lighter zones of varying, more transparent colour – from dioxazine violet to cobalt blue to veronese green – each separated section being the contingent outcome of Innes’s methodical erasure of the painting’s primary material substance.
Solo exhibitions include Exposed Paintings and Split Paintings, Sean Kelly Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Keeping Time, Frith Street Gallery, Soho, London, UK; Callum Innes: Prints 2005 - 2019, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Scotland; Callum Inness, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland; (All 2019). In Position, Château La Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France (2018); I'll Close My Eyes, De Pont Museum, Tilburg (2016–17); Neues Museum, Nurnburg (2013); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013); From Memory, a major touring exhibition visiting Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Modern Art Oxford, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2007–2008); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Kunsthalle Bern (both 1999); ICA, London and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (both 1992). Recent and upcoming group shows include Shadowplay, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Abstract By Nature, Sean Kelly Gallery, NYC, USA; Limits, Edges and Frontiers, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, Belgium, (Both 2019). Collections include Albright-Knox, Buffalo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Museé des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; National Galleries of Australia, Canberra; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York and TATE Gallery, London.