SINGING THE BLUES

 BEAUTIFUL NEW GALLERY SPACE IN THE HEART OF BROUGHTON 

The Ingleby Gallery opened its doors for the first time this morning at new premises on the corner of Barony Street and Albany Street Lane. 

The interior of the Glasite Meeting House has been transformed from a fascinating but forlorn time capsule with all the freshness of a long uncleaned fishtank to a sublimely airy space which now accommodates with becoming modesty an exhibition of five new works by Scottish artist Callum Innes.

Appropriately enough, Innes is fascinated by light and describes his paintings as being in essence about luminosity. ‘Through the continuous application and removal of paint,’ read the exhibition notes, ‘Innes describes how he leaves “the remnants of each layer” exposed’, expressing in abstract variations of form and blue what he describes as ‘a kind of human fragility’. 

I found these works utterly beguiling, and the play of pale yellow on one of them, cast through the freshly cleaned cupola, a touching celebration of the building’s venerable past and exciting future.

Well done Innes, well done  the Inglebys, and well done the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust for making all this possible—AM

Callum Innes’s Byzantine Blue, Delft Blue, Paris Blue continues at the Ingleby Gallery (33 Broughton Street) until 14 July. 

 

33 Barony Street