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Callum Innes is one of Britain's leading abstract painters and this work is one of a series of 'exposed' paintings. 'Exposed Painting Zinc Yellow' is divided horizontally and vertically into different areas. The artist leaves one area of the canvas exposed and covers another in a flat, even layer of bright yellow paint. In the third area, Callum Innes has removed paint from the surface whilst still wet, washing it away with turpentine to leave a ghost of the original colour. This process creates a sensitive image, with subtle contrasts of colour and paint surface. Callum Innes' work method is a balance between control and the unpredictable results of removing paint from the canvas, his approach could be called 'deliberately accidental'.
oil on canvas
H 85 x W 80 cm
purchased from the Frith Street Gallery, 1996
signed and dated