Callum Innes at Whitworth Art Gallery

Callum Innes, Untitled no 31, 2012, oil on linen, 160 x156cm (courtesy Frith Str
Callum Innes, Untitled no 31, 2012, oil on linen, 160 x156cm (courtesy Frith Street Gallery, London)

Andy Parkinson reviews an exhibition of recent paintings by Callum Innes at Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, on view through June 16, 2013.

Parkinson writes that in viewing the painting Untitled 31, "there’s something timeless... except that it also seems to mark the passing of time both of the artist in the making of it and of the viewer who wishes to stay on and gaze. It may be more accurate to say that it induces a time distortion. I get absorbed in the process of seeing, at first accompanied with internal dialogue but less and less so. Time seems to have stopped. It’s not altogether a reverie, nor is it all emotion; whilst there is something emotional about it, there is also 'something for the mind to do.' I become fascinated by the line that separates the two ‘halves’ or that joins them, there does seem to be an actual line which can be seen very close up, absent from middle distance but becoming magnified optically after prolonged viewing from where I am seated a few feet away. The surface also takes on a slightly undulating quality. I have the impression that these optical effects are bi-products of the painting process rather than deliberately sought after or designed-in by the artist."