Callum Innes (Scottish, b.1962) is an Abstract painter born in Edinburgh, whose work is defined by an exploration of color and materiality of paint on the canvas. He studied drawing and painting at Gray's School of Art from 1980 to 1984, and then completed a post-graduate degree at Edinburgh College of Art, in 1985. Innes works on multiple series at once, leaving pure color on one canvas while applying and detracting color from another. The method of addition and subtraction in his Exposed Paintings (c.1998) reveals gradients of a single color applied to the canvas. He achieves this by repeatedly brushing turpentine on the paint before it dries, leaving mere traces of the original color. A finished work captures an otherwise temporary pause in a continual process of painting and “unpainting,” as Innes has called it. He was awarded the Jerwood Prize for Painting in 2002, and the Nat West Prize in 1998. In 1995, Innes was short-listed for the Turner Prize. His recent, critically-acclaimed museum exhibition, From Memory (2006), traveled throughout Europe and Australia. Innes's work is included in many major public collections worldwide.

Timeline

1962
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland
1980–1984
Grays School of Art, BA - Aberdeen, Scotland
1984–1985
Post Graduate DIP, Edinburgh College of Art - Edinburgh, Scotland
1998
Nat West Art Prize
2002
Jerwood Prize
Hospitalfield Summer Scholarship
Hector Memorial Traveling Scholarship
Shell Expo Premier Prize, Aberdeen Artists
Scottish Arts Council Bursary
1st Prize Artisti Invitati Al Premio Internazionale
Scottish Arts Council, Amsterdam Residency

Exhibitions

2012
Callum Innes, Ingo Meller, Wilhelm Mundt, Robert Zandvliet, Remy Zaugg, Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt, Germany
2008
Callum Innes & Hiroshi Sugimoto - Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (solo)
2006–2008
From Memory - Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (touring to Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, UK and MCA, Sydney, Australia) (solo)
2007
Discourse - Frith Street Gallery, London (solo)
2007
Three, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2007
Pure, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
2006
Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland (solo)
2006
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2006
Resonance, Frith Street Gallery, London
2005
Elements of Abstraction: Space, Line & Interval in Modern British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery, Great Britain
2005
Tate St Ives, England (solo)
2005
Lux, Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2005
Martin Gerwers: Neue Arbeiten und Werke von Balthasar Burkhard, Hamish Fulton, Bethan Huws, Callum Innes, Richard Long, Ulrich Rückreim, Not Vital, Galerie Tschudi, Zuoz, Switzerland
2005
Miradas Y Conceptos En La Collección Helga de Alvear, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC),Badajoz, Spain
2005
Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2004
WOW (The Work of the Work), South Galleries, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2004
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2004
Galerie Tschudi Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland (solo)
2004
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2004
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2004
Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2004
Tate St.Ives, England (solo)
2004
The Edge of the Real, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, U.K.
2004
C6 H 10 05, Andrew Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2003
Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
2003
Callum Innes: Scheveningen Black, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2003
2003 White, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2003
Reflections: Bernard Frieze, Prudencio Ibarazal and Callum Innes, Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
2003
Exodus, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, England
2003
Bernard Frize – Callum Innes, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
2002
Andrew Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
2002
Galerie Bob von Oursow, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
2002
Sphere (loans from nvisible Museum), Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
2001
Fusion, G Fine Art, Washington, DC
2001
FRESH: Recent Acquisitions, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2001
Six Degrees of Separation, Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2001
Heads and Hands, Loans from the nvisible Museum, Washington Project for the Arts, Corcoran, Washington, DC
2001
Here and Now; Scottish Art 1990-2001, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland
2001
Callum Innes: Exposed Paintings, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
2001
Frith Street Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
2000
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (solo)
2000
The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, Scotland (solo)
2000
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
2000
Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
2000
Kevin Appel, Jeremy Dickenson, Callum Innes, Tom LaDuke, Linda Stark, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2000
On The Edge Of The Western World, nvisible Museum, London, travels to Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
2000
Blue: borrowed and new, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
2000
The Tao of Painting: Principles of Monochrome, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
2000
Expressions: Scottish Art 1976 – 1989, Dundee Contemporary Arts Center, Dundee, Scotland
2000
A Century of Innocence - the history of the white monochrome, Rooseum Centre for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden
1999
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (solo)
1999
Kunst Halle Bern, Switzerland (solo)
1998
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (solo)
1998
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain (solo)
1998
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1998
Frith Street Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1998
Brownstone & Corréard, Paris, France (solo)
1997
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York (solo)
1997
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1997
Galerie M. + R. Fricke, Düsseldorf and Berlin, Germany (solo)
1996
Frith Street Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1996
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
1996
Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 50th Edinburgh (solo)
1996
International Festival (1990-1996), Scotland (solo)
1996
Galerie Slewe, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1995
The Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1995
Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (solo)
1995
Galerie Gilbert Brownstone and Cie, Paris, France (solo)
1995
Galerie M. + R. Fricke, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
1995
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1995
Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, Great Britain (solo)
1995
Galeria Paolo Gentili, Florence, Italy (solo)
1994
Frith Street Gallery, London (with Juan Uslé) (solo)
1993
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1993
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1993
Galerie Patrick de Brock, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1992
I.C.A., London, Great Britain (solo)
1992
Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Rosemarie Schwartzwälder, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1992
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
1991
Frith Street Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1991
Galerie Patrick de Brock, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
1990
Frith Street Gallery, London, Great Britain (solo)
1990
Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
1988
369 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
1986
Artspace Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland (solo)

Literature

2007
Callum Innes: From Memory,(touring exibition) The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2005
Callum Innes: Resonance, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives, UK
2004
Callum Innes, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2001
Callum Innes: Exposed Paintings, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2001
Invisible Museum. Exhibition catalogue, Invisible
2000
Blue: borrowed and new, Exhibition catalogue, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
2000
Moving Targets 2: A User's Guide to British Art Now, Buck, Louisa. Tate Publishing, London
1999
Callum Innes, Exhibition catalogue, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, (Includes essay by Marco Livingstone)
1998
Callum Innes, Exhibition catalogue, Ikon Gallery, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern,Germany
1998
Callum Innes, Watercolors, Exhibition catalogue, Kunsthaus Zurich, Graphisches Kabinett
1996
Callum Innes (1990 -1996). Exhibition catalogue, Inverlieth House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. (Includes essay by Mel Gooding,"Looking at the Paintings: Two Meditations.")
1995
Callum Innes. Exhibition catalogue, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich. (Includes essay by Friedrich Meschede and forward by Peter Fleissig.)
1995
Architecture of the Mind, Galerie Barbera Farber, Amsterdam. (Includes essay by David Moos, "Architecture of the Mind: Machine Intelligence and Abstract Painting.")
1995
Searle, Adrian. Callum Innes, Exhibition catalogue, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.
1995
Turner Prize 1995, Exhibition catalogue, Tate Publishing, London
1995
Wilson, Andrew. From Here, Exhibition catalogue, Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert Gallery, London
1993
Nairn, Andrew. Coalition, Center for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
1993
Weiermair, Peter. Prospect ‘93: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Exhibition catalogue, Frankfurter Kunstverein und Schirnhalle, Frankfurt
1992
Callum Innes, Exhibition catalogue, Institute of Contemporary Arts in association with Frith Street Gallery, London (included essay by Rainer Crone)
1991
Meyeric-Hughes, Henry and Jonathan Watkins. Kunst Europa: Grossbritannien, Exhibition catalogue, Arbeitsgemeinnschaft deutscher Kunstvereine, Freiberg
1990
Crone, Rainer and David Moos. Painting Alone, Exhibition catalogue,Pace Gallery, New York