Innes has become one of the most significant abstract painters of his generation achieving widespread international recognition for his highly developed repertoire of techniques and sense of colour. His characteristic form of coolly atmospheric abstraction has aptly been described as 'unpainting', given that key compositional elements are generally produced, not by the application of paint, but through its removal by washes of turpentine. Each finished painting thus suggests a freezing in time of the otherwise momentary arrest of an ongoing process.
Innes began exhibiting in the mid-to-late 1980's and in 1992 had two major exhibitions in public galleries, at the ICA, London and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Since then he has had numerous solo shows throughout Britain, Europe and North America, and more recently in New Zealand. A substantial selection of his best-known series, the 'Exposed' paintings, was exhibited in 1998 at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England, and at the Kunsthalle Bern the following year. He has participated in many group shows including 'The British Art Show 3' (1990), 'Wonderful Life', Lisson Gallery, London (1993), 'From Here', Karsten Schubert Gallery and Waddington Galleries (1994), 'Abstractions Provisoires', Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne (1997), the touring exhibition 'About Vision - New British Paintings in the 1990's (1996-7) and 'Abstract Painting Once Removed' at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. In 1995 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and he won the NatWest Art Prize in 1998 and The Jerwood Painting Prize in 2002.
His work is represented in numerous collections, both private and public including The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Tate London, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Deutsche Bank.
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