'Exposed Painting: Cadmium Orange on White' - Callum Innes, 1997
Oil on canvas
Callum Innes studied in Aberdeen and Edinburgh in the first half of the 1980s and within a few years had secured an international reputation. His work has always been concerned with the minimalist treatment of surface through the application of monochrome layers of paint.
In this painting, as the title suggests, the working process is completely 'exposed'. A broad band of orange paint has been laid across the pristine white surface, and then a section of the band, while still wet, has been washed downwards. These precisely controlled, functional processes paradoxically yield a work that has a powerful mood and sense of spatial ambiguity.