b. 1962, Edinburgh, Scotland
Callum Innes belongs to a generation of British artists who continue to explore the possibilities of paint on canvas. Uninhibited by, yet very aware of, the achievements of the past and the rise of other media, Innes uses the language of the monochrome, an established format of abstract painting since the 1960s. His paintings are created through a process of addition and subtraction, sometimes removing sections of paint from the canvases surface with turpentine to leave only the faintest traces of what was there before. Using this method of subtraction he has established his own vocabulary in the form of distinctive groups of paintings, which evolve concurrently. Through their interdependency he hones his visual fluency, exploring variations of the process of removal.
Exposed Painting Blue Violet, 2015
oil on canvas. 235 x 230 cm