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Callum Innes: From Memory

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11 Dec 2007 to 05 Mar 2008

Curator: Fiona Bradley (The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh)

about the exhibition

Taking its title from the earliest work included in the exhibition, From Memory (1989), this survey of Scottish artist Callum Innes’ practice brought together the themes and preoccupations inherent in his art since 1990. It traced the development of the artist’s visual vocabulary which included terms (often indicated in titles) such as identified form, isolated form, repetition, resonance and exposed – all of which celebrated a performative approach to painting that focused on the mercurial qualities of paint and its solvents.

Callum Innes’ paintings are rhythmically meditative, the result of a process that involves the repeated removal as well as application of paint. Calm and authoritative when exhibited, they nevertheless bear the traces of the controlled chaos of their production, the creative and destructive interaction of paint and turpentine. Innes’ paintings are sensuously and intellectually compelling. Working on several canvases at once, the regular unfolding of the ‘exposed’ group of paintings periodically interrupted by one from another series, the artist builds a complete language across all his work.

This exhibition was organised by the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, and toured to Modern Art Oxford, 10 February – 8 April 2007, before being shown at the MCA. It was supported by the British Council.

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