Callum Innes: Exposed Paintings

Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Blue Violet, 2014, oil on canvas, 235 x 230 cm (c
Callum Innes, Exposed Painting Blue Violet, 2014, oil on canvas, 235 x 230 cm (courtesy of Frith Street Gallery)

Charley Peters reviews works by Callum Innes recently on view at Frith Street Gallery, London.

Peters writes: "In these works geometry, and in some ways painting itself, is a performance; a systematic process of structurally marking out pictorial space in which to frame areas of chaotic chemical intervention; each stain of pigment recording decisive moments when the surface of the canvas starts to liquefy and move. Innes has related the temporal nature of his paintings as having an affinity with photography, saying, 'There is a moment in time and space when a painting stops in much the same way that a camera’s shutter closes on a moment in time, this is not a static thing.' The recent Exposed Paintings at Frith Street Gallery certainly do appear as freeze-frames of work in constant progress."