Callum Innes (b. 1962)
Callum Innes is part of the "Light, gravity & space" research group at the Glasgow School of art, alongside other artists who work with painting, photography, drawing, sound and installation. Innes creates powerful paintings through a process of addition and subtraction, sometimes removing sections of paint with turpentine to leave only the faintest traces of what was there before. He employs colour and surface as the key factors in his enquiry into the fundamentals of painting. His exhaustive research into parallel processes of painting and unpainting have led to a highly original body of work.
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. Innes' 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.
1980-84: Grays School of Art, Aberdeen
1984-85: Edinburgh College of Art, Post Graduate Diploma
1995: Nominated for the Tuner Prize
1998: Won the Nat West Art Prize
2002: Won the Jerwood Painting Prize
Works by Callum Innes