Callum Innes

Exposed Painting: Charcoal Grey / Yellow Oxide / Asphalt

About this artwork

Instead of being built up through an accumulation of brush-strokes which eventually fill the canvas, this painting is made through a process of removal. Innes has erased paint with turpentine to create forms which are strictly geometrical. By using simple shapes, Innes focuses attention on the qualities of the paint itself and highlights subtle variations in colour and tone. By taking away paint rather than putting it on and by revealing the various coloured residues of the paint, Innes allows the viewer to participate in the creative process itself.

  • title: Exposed Painting: Charcoal Grey / Yellow Oxide / Asphalt
  • accession number: GMA 4312
  • artist: Callum InnesScottish (born 1962)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Abstract
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: (framed: 227.90 x 222.50 x 3.60 cm)
  • credit line: Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 1999
  • copyright: © The Artist
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Callum Innes

Callum Innes

Innes was born in Edinburgh and studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen, and at Edinburgh College of Art. Following a Scottish Arts Council residency in Amsterdam in 1987, Innes began to reduce the figurative content in his work. The 'Identified Forms' paintings, begun in 1990, are his first major series of works. In these, as in most of his paintings, the artist removes paint from the canvas using turpentine, as a poignant way of suggesting human existence. Innes was short-listed for the Turner Prize in 1995 and won the NatWest Prize for Painting in 1998 and the Jerwood Painting Prize in 2002. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally from Edinburgh to New York and Hong Kong. Innes lives and works in Edinburgh.