Callum Innes: Keeping Time

24 May - 27 Jul 2019 Golden Square

Keeping Time celebrates Frith Street Gallery’s longstanding relationship with Callum Innes, presenting a survey of the artist’s work from his earliest exhibitions at the gallery until the present day. Keeping Time offers a rare opportunity to consider the development of the artist's practice across a significant period of time.


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 pigment. Using this method of erasure he has established his own vocabulary in the form of distinctive series of paintings.


Innes works in gradually evolving cycles with each new painting building on those that have gone before in a subtle but constant progression. Innes has probably become best known for his Exposed Paintings series, though his concern for the processes of painting and un-painting is shared by his Agitated VerticalsResonanceIsolated Forms, and Formed Paintings. The play between additive and subtractive processes means that the potential for uncertainty is ever present within a rigorous visual language.



Callum Innes (b. Edinburgh, 1962) studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen and Edinburgh College of Art. Innes was short-listed for the Turner and Jerwood Prizes in 1995, won the NatWest Prize for Painting in 1998, and in 2002 was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Painting. His work is held in public collections worldwide including the Guggenheim, New York; National Gallery of Australia; Tate, London; and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. A major exhibition, I’ll Close my Eyes, was shown at De Pont Museum, Tilburg, NL, in 2016–17.

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