Friday, 8 February 2013

Callum Innes

I have been a fan of the Scottish abstract painter Callum Innes since my University days so was very excited to here about his forthcomong exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, starting on the 2nd March and finishing on the 16th June.


He will be showing a number of paintings from his ongoing series of Exposed Paintings which are made by a process of addition and subtraction. All the paintings start of as solid black oil paint, he then uses turpentine to remove the black then adds colour and removes this. He also paints in watercolour using the same process of adding and subtracting, this exhibition will show a selection of new watercolours made especially for the Whitworth.


The following Tate Shots studio visit shows the process of making the watercolours, his studio looks amazing, I wish it was mine.


If anyone is local to Manchester you might be interested in his artists talk which is at the Whitworth on the 2nd March at 2.30. You can also see more work here.

17 comments:

  1. Interesting Sandra, thanks for this heads-up. Looks like a great exhibition. How are you getting on with painting vs grandma duties? X

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    1. Yes Sue it does look interesting I am really looking forward to it. Painting is a little hard I look after Emily three days a week, she is one now so is no longer a baby but a very inquisitive toddler. Her favourite thing to do at the moment is colouring she really loves her crayons, so is already a budding artist.

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  2. Love his work too!
    thanks for sharing this news!

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    1. Thanks Sue, really looking forward to it :)

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  3. Very interesting. Fab brushes! It must be very robust paper.

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    1. Yes Patricia love those brushes, I would like to buy some really good brushes but I must admit that I am not very good at looking after them, I leave them standing in water and then forget to wash them properly. I do have some of those sponge brushes though and I can definitely recommend them.

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  4. Ooh, yes, I love, love, love his work too and we are lucky having him as a local in Edinburgh! He has recently been commissioned to light underneath a bridge in Edinburgh. It used to be a Grand entrance for stage coaches to arrive from London into Edinburgh but in recent years it had become rather dark and a bit run down & sinister. The new lighting installation washes various changing colours of light under the bridge and it has transformed the area. You can see pics here http://www.inglebygallery.com/events/the-regent-bridge/

    On a different note, Sandra, if you didnt see it you must watch 'Turners Thames' on TV. I watched it on iplayer tonight and it is a fantastic programme which i am sure you will love. I then went on to Monty Don so I have been a real couch potato but a very happy one! Have a good weekend x

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    1. Wow that bridge looks amazing thanks for the info, I thought you would probably have heard of Callum Innes with him being local to you.
      And thanks for the 'Turners Thames' recommendation I didn't know it was on so will try and watch it later. Enjoy your weekend too x

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  5. Hi Sandra

    I too have loved the work of Callum Innes for a while now. Great to share this video and would love to have a studio like he has and the brushes and paints.
    Are you going to the talk?

    Jacqui

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    1. Hi Jacqui, I love watching videos of artists working it's like stepping into there private little world, I have decided to invest in some really good brushes after seeing this video.
      Yes hopefully I will be going to the talk, I am generally free on Saturdays so it shouldn't be a problem.

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  6. Wow - can only dream of earning enough to pay rent on a studio as gorgeous and large as that!

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    1. Yes Claire what an amazing studio space, lovely big walls and light, maybe one day!

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  7. Thanks for flagging this up, I'd not heard of Callum Innes but will definitely try to get to this now!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Linda, I only saw it when browsing the Whitworth website and because I knew of him I thought people might be interested, I do hope you get to see the exhibition.

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  8. Thanks for reminding me about the Tate film. So great to watch his process. I'll definitely be over to see the exhibition.

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  9. Yes Claire I saw the film when the Watercolour exhibition was on, it was nice to revisit it. enjoy the exhibition if you get to see it. :)

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  10. Thanks for the post! Callum Innes paintings are amazing ... I found beautiful pictures of his Exposed Paintings in Art Days, here is the link! http://www.art-days.com/callum-innes-exposed-paintings/

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