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Callum Innes: water|colour

Sean Kelly Gallery, March 2012


The gallery introduced Callum Innes and Colm Tóibín in February 2010. A long-time admirer of Innes’s work, Tóibín spoke at length with Innes about the artist’s watercolours during their initial meeting. They subsequently continued their conversation at Innes’s studio in Edinburgh this summer. As their creative connections became apparent and their friendship grew, the gallery asked Tóibín to write an essay in response to Innes’s works on paper, a request that led to Tóibín’s powerful short story water|colour. After reading Tóibín’s text, Innes created a new body of watercolours based on it.

A full-color, 232-page book, unites these two bodies of work, which were exhibited together at Sean Kelly in December of 2010. The publication includes reproductions of all of Innes’s 101 watercolours as well as Tóibín’s text, which tells the story of Nora, a middle-aged housewife struggling with the recent death of her husband and its effect on her family.

Please contact the gallery at to inquire about the price and availability of this publication.