George B. Innes

George Bradley Innes was born in Glasgow in 1913. He studied at Glasgow School of Art under the sculptor Archibald Dawson and was known at the time for the avant-garde nature of his work which was mostly carved in stone.

Innes was an active member of the New Scottish Group whose work was affected by the arrival in Glasgow of J.D. Fergusson and Margaret Morris from France in 1939. Other members were Josef Herman and Jankel Adler who also came to Glasgow after escaping from Poland. The group also included many philosophers, scientists, poets and writers. J.D. Fergusson initiated the idea of a new art club championing the ‘independent’ artist, holding regular meetings at Glasgow School of Art. Innes exhibited in 1943 in their first public exhibition which took place in McClure’s Gallery, Wellington Street. The styles were varied and free, some with influences of Picasso others with European expressionism.

He has work in public collections including: Glasgow Museum; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; and Fife Art Collection. Wounded during his military service, his sculpting was curtailed however, he continued drawing avidly in a powerful semi-abstract style.