About this artwork

This is one of Innes's Identified Forms paintings, a series begun in 1990. Although the gashes and trails look like random marks inflicted on the canvas, they were created by coaxing turpentine to run down in rivulets made with a fine brush. This removes paint from the dark base layer, exposing the bare canvas beneath. Innes wished to create the impression of 'discovering' pre-existing forms rather than simply creating marks on the canvas. Hovering in the dark, the ambiguous stains suggest something natural and elemental, a state between solid and void.

Updated before 2020

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Callum Innes

Callum Innes