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Callum Innes, b.1962

Exposed Painting, Charcoal Grey / Yellow Oxide / Asphalt1999

This painting is from a series called ‘Exposed Paintings’ and was purchased following an exhibition of Callum Innes’s work at IMMA in 1999. While Innes’s work is formal, the process of making involves working methods that are subject to what he has described as “organised chance”*. Innes obviously delights in paint and in his opinion the most important thing he learnt in art school was how to mix paints in the traditional way: almost a lost art as nowadays paint is readily available and many artists use it straight from the tube.

In the ‘Exposed Paintings’ series, each painting starts off as a monochrome; then paint is removed from areas of the canvas using turpentine. A tension is created between the direction of the flow of turpentine (which runs downwards), and the direction of the brushstrokes from left to right. These sparse paintings have a quiet meditative quality which slows down the viewer’s response and demands a closer, more contemplative look.

*Callum Innes in conversation with Sarah Glennie, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 1999.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 217.5 x 207.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1999
Item NumberIMMA.860
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Callum Innes, Exposed Painting, Charcoal Grey / Yellow Oxide / Asphalt, 1999, Oil on canvas, Unframed, 217.5 x 207.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1999

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Callum Innes b.1962

Scottish abstract painter Callum Innes attended Gray's School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. Working largely in monochrome, Innes’s process is one of subtraction - applying and then removing paint from the surface of the canvas to produce works with an enigmatic, meditative quality. Innes was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and the Jerwood Prize in 1995. He received the NatWest Art Prize in 1998. A solo exhibition of his work was held at IMMA in 1999.

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