Callum Innes “Tondos”

Sean Kelly Gallery

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Sean Kelly presents Callum Innes’ exhibition Tondos, his eighth solo exhibition with the gallery, which introduces a remarkable new development in his oeuvre. The exhibition presents Innes’s iconic Exposed Paintings, Split Paintings and Shellac Paintings in an entirely new format. Made on plywood panels, these circular and oval paintings mark a dramatic departure from the artist’s rectangular format and invite a range of new interpretations, both psychologically and formally. The tondos, presented in the main gallery, will be accompanied by a group of new works on paper in the front gallery.

While his working methodology remains consistent—the repeated addition and removal of pigment in the Exposed Paintings and Split Paintings and the interaction of two different materials in the Shellac Paintings— these new paintings have necessitated a number of important evolutions in the way that Innes makes the work. Using a smaller, rounded brush the physicality of these paintings is completely different, allowing for more fluidity and enabling him to have more direct contact with the work.

To create his Exposed Paintings, layers of paint are laid down on the meticulously gessoed panels and ultimately covered in black. Innes then uses turpentine to remove the layers from sections of the painting, revealing the luminous color that lies underneath. This process is repeated several times, alternating between application and removal. The result reveals varied veils of color buried within the seemingly monochromatic single pigment. In the Exposed Paintings, the residue from this process is left on the surface directly below the “exposed” section, creating another layer of color altogether.

Each of the works has a beveled edge, which returns from the surface at about a forty-five-degree angle. This plane gives the illusion that the exposed portions of the paintings are larger, changing our perceptions of light and space and emphasizing their circular shape, making for a very physical, object like presence.



from November 04, 2022 to December 17, 2022


Callum Innes

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