Leading Scottish artist Callum Innes will be the new mentor for the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Artists’ Development Programme (ADP). He follows on the footsteps of Polish conceptual artist Mirosław Bałka and British visual artist Darren Almond.

The EIB has one artwork by Innes in its collection: Exposed Painting Lamp Black, belonging to the homonymous series of artwork the artist has been working on since the early 1990s.

Born in Edinburgh in 1962, Callum Innes is recognised as one of the most significant painters of his generation. A former nominee for the Turner Prize in 1995, he was awarded the NatWest Prize for Painting in 1998. His works feature in the collections of Tate Modern (London), the Guggenheim (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) amongst others.

Innes is fascinated by the possibility of exploring visual contradictions in painting through minimal variations of colour and texture. His practice is characterised by unpainted canvases, scratched or damaged with turpentine washes: the artist likes to oppose the pure pigment and the ghostly trace of the latter. He mainly produces progressive series of paintings, working on monochromatic or reduced colour palette artworks.