Life and work
Innes began exhibiting in the mid-to-late 1980s and in 1992 had two major exhibitions in public galleries, at the ICA, London, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. Since then he has had numerous solo shows throughout Britain, Europe and North America, and more recently in New Zealand and Asia. A substantial selection of his best-known series, the "Exposed" paintings, was exhibited in 1998 at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England, and at the Kunsthalle Bern the following year. "From Memory", a major exhibition of Callum Innes' work over the past 15 years, was shown at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in 2006, and toured to Modern Art Oxford, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Innes had a substantial solo exhibition of new work at Ingleby Gallery for the Edinburgh Art Festival (2009). "At One Remove", featured at Sean Kelly Gallery New York (2010). Callum Innes held his first major solo exhibition in Asia at Edouard Malingue Gallery in Hong Kong in 2012.
Callum Innes has participated in many group shows including The British Art Show 3 (1990), Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London (1993), From Here, Karsten Schubert Gallery and Waddington Galleries (1994), Abstractions Provisoires, Musee d'Art Moderne de St Etienne (1997), the touring exhibition About Vision - New British Paintings in the 1990s (1996-7) and Abstract Painting Once Removed at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The last decade has seen Innes continue to participate in international group exhibitions including "Six Degrees of Separation" Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2001), "Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present", Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004), "Three: 3 Artists in solo displays", Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2007), "Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing", Ingleby Gallery,Edinburgh (2009), "What you see is where you're at", Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2010), "Heaviness and Grace", Villa Medici, Rome, Italy (2010). His most recent show has taken place from April 28 - July 14 entitled "Callum Innes: Works On Paper 1989 - 2012".
In 1995 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize which was won by Damien Hirst. In 1998 Innes won the NatWest Art Prize and in 2002 he won The Jerwood Painting Prize and the Artisti Invitati Al Premio Internazionale.
His work is represented in numerous collections, both private and public including The Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Tate London[clarification needed], The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and Deutsche Bank.
Innes is an artist, who has tended to work alternately on a number of disparate series, each of which he repeatedly revisits. His characteristic form of coolly atmospheric abstraction has aptly been described as "unpainting", given that key compositional elements are generally produced, not by the application of paint, but through its removal by washes of turpentine. Each finished painting thus suggests a freezing in time of the otherwise momentary arrest of an ongoing process.
- "Callum Innes – Artist – Ingleby Gallery". Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- "Turner Prize: Year by Year". Retrieved 14 July 2012.
- Callum Innes — official website Artist's own website. Extensive images of recent and previous works, exhibitions and studio, also full biographical information and exhibition history.
- Ingleby Gallery "Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh. Link to artists page, CV, biography and exhibition information. Representative Gallery"
- Frith Street Gallery
- Edouard Malingue Gallery
- Callum Innes on artnet.com, including examples of work
- Callum Innes on Artcyclopedia