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Callum Innes

Callum Innes creates abstract paintings that carry a powerful tension between control and fluidity. Dissolution is central to his practice: layers of deep pigments are brushed over with turpentine, breaking down sections of paint and leaving watery, trace elements, before being painted over again. Repeating this process of painting, dissolving and repainting multiple times, Innes builds depth and a sense of history: oblique panels of dense pigments become embedded and fortified, while tiny trickles or rivulets of liquified paint point to their underlying fragility. This meticulous approach to materials is carried across into the artists’ watercolours and pastels, in which pigment is built up into velveteen layers. Though Innes’s works may seem minimal or geometric at first glance, they are in fact always slightly “off kilter”, governed by imperfectly drawn lines and slightly softened shapes. This fallibility and humanity, put in contrast with the artist’s skill and precision as a painter, results in works of great poetic and contemplative power – cementing Innes’s place as one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation.

 

Callum Innes lives and works in Oslo, Norway and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Selected Works

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CI C 64 2020

Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Quinacridone Gold, 2020
oil on linen
82 x 80 cm / 32.3 x 31.5 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Caribbean Turquoise, 2021
oil on linen
195 x 190 cm / 76.8 x 74.8 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Crimson Red, 2020
oil on linen
110 x 105 cm / 43.3 x 41.3 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Bluish Violet Red Oxide, 2019
oil on linen
250 x 242 cm / 98.4 x 95.3 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Quinacridone Gold, 2020
oil on linen
170 x 165 cm / 66.9 x 65 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Lamp Black, 2019
oil on linen
180 x 175 cm / 70.9 x 68.9 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
corrugated board, Gouache on Arches 600gsm HP 
57 x 76 cm / 22.4 x 29.9 in   
71.5 x 86 cm / 28.1 x 33.9 in framed

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Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
pastel on Two Rivers paper
61 x 76 cm / 24 x 29.9 in 
96 x 81 cm / 37.8 x 31.9 in framed  

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Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
corrugated board, Gouache on Arches 600gsm HP 
57 x 76 cm / 22.4 x 29.9 in   
71.5 x 86 x 3.2 cm / 28.1 x 33.9 x 1.3 in framed

 

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Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black No. III, 2018
oil on linen
235 x 230 cm / 92.5 x 90.6 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Untitled No. 18, 2012
oil on canvas
125 x 121 cm / 49.2 x 47.6 in   

 

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Callum Innes 
Monologue 1, 2012
oil on canvas
210 x 205 cm / 82.7 x 80.7 in

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Callum Innes 
Chrome Orange / Delft Blue, 2011
watercolour on Canson Heritage 640gsm
56 x 77 cm / 22 x 30.3 in   

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Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting, Charcoal Black Yellow Orange Oxide, 2000
oil on canvas
247.5 x 237.5 cm / 97.4 x 93.5 in   
 

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Callum Innes 
Paynes Grey / Chrome Yellow, 2011
watercolour on Canson Heritage 640gsm
56 x 77 cm / 22 x 30.3 in  

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CI C 64 2020

Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Quinacridone Gold, 2020
oil on linen
82 x 80 cm / 32.3 x 31.5 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Caribbean Turquoise, 2021
oil on linen
195 x 190 cm / 76.8 x 74.8 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black / Crimson Red, 2020
oil on linen
110 x 105 cm / 43.3 x 41.3 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Bluish Violet Red Oxide, 2019
oil on linen
250 x 242 cm / 98.4 x 95.3 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Quinacridone Gold, 2020
oil on linen
170 x 165 cm / 66.9 x 65 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting Lamp Black, 2019
oil on linen
180 x 175 cm / 70.9 x 68.9 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
corrugated board, Gouache on Arches 600gsm HP 
57 x 76 cm / 22.4 x 29.9 in   
71.5 x 86 cm / 28.1 x 33.9 in framed

Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
pastel on Two Rivers paper
61 x 76 cm / 24 x 29.9 in 
96 x 81 cm / 37.8 x 31.9 in framed  

Callum Innes 
Untitled, 2018
corrugated board, Gouache on Arches 600gsm HP 
57 x 76 cm / 22.4 x 29.9 in   
71.5 x 86 x 3.2 cm / 28.1 x 33.9 x 1.3 in framed

 

Callum Innes 
Untitled Lamp Black No. III, 2018
oil on linen
235 x 230 cm / 92.5 x 90.6 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Untitled No. 18, 2012
oil on canvas
125 x 121 cm / 49.2 x 47.6 in   

 

Callum Innes 
Monologue 1, 2012
oil on canvas
210 x 205 cm / 82.7 x 80.7 in

Callum Innes 
Chrome Orange / Delft Blue, 2011
watercolour on Canson Heritage 640gsm
56 x 77 cm / 22 x 30.3 in   

Callum Innes 
Exposed Painting, Charcoal Black Yellow Orange Oxide, 2000
oil on canvas
247.5 x 237.5 cm / 97.4 x 93.5 in   
 

Callum Innes 
Paynes Grey / Chrome Yellow, 2011
watercolour on Canson Heritage 640gsm
56 x 77 cm / 22 x 30.3 in  

BIOG 1

Château La Coste, 2018

Callum Innes has been the subject of solo exhibitions at De Pont Museum, Tilburg; Kunsthalle Bern; Neues Museum, Nürnberg; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the ICA, London; the Scottish National Gallery, and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Modern Art Oxford; the Whitworth, Manchester; IMMA, Dublin, and recently at Château La Coste, Provence (2018). His work can be found in the collections of 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.

Exhibitions

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Callum Innes
In Position, 2018
Château la Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Callum Innes
I’ll Close My Eyes, 2016-17
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Callum Innes
GENERATION: 25 Years of Art in Scotland, 2014
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Callum Innes
Callum Innes, 2013
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Callum Innes
Regent Bridge, 2012
Commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival and Ingleby Gallery

Callum Innes
From Memory, 2006
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Callum Innes
In Position, 2018
Château la Coste, Aix-en-Provence, France

Callum Innes
I’ll Close My Eyes, 2016-17
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Callum Innes
GENERATION: 25 Years of Art in Scotland, 2014
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Callum Innes
Callum Innes, 2013
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Callum Innes
Regent Bridge, 2012
Commissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival and Ingleby Gallery

Callum Innes
From Memory, 2006
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Artist Callum Innes talks about his work for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

TateShots travelled to Edinburgh to meet Callum Innes, one of the artists featured in Tate Britain's 'Watercolour' exhibition.

GENERATION: Callum Innes

Artist Callum Innes talks about his work for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

TateShots- Callum Innes – Studio Visit

TateShots travelled to Edinburgh to meet Callum Innes, one of the artists featured in Tate Britain's 'Watercolour' exhibition.