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Alasdair Wallace

Artist Biography

Alasdair Wallace was born in Glasgow 1967 and studied at The Glasgow School of Art from 1987 to 1991. On graduation he travelled to Italy with the John Kinross Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy.

Artist Statement

An exhibition of new and recent paintings and prints byAlasdair Wallace.

 Living and working in Glasgow, Wallace takes inspiration from the city’s rural and urban fringe. A recurring theme for the artist is the sense of this ‘edge land’ absurdly infringing on some evocation of the ideal landscape. Much of the recent work reveals an influence of the emblematic language present in neo-classical and romantic landscape painting tradition and the depiction of ‘Arcadia’ as artificial backdrop to human drama. The sense of symbolism inherent in these traditions is preserved but is mischievously confounded with ambiguous connections to contemporary experience. His invented landscapes are combined with oblique observations of real locations to present a world that is at once recognisable and unsettling. One full of unexplained presences and clusters of incongruous objects.

At any one time there are many pieces of work in progress inWallace’s studio. Often they overlap, leapfrog and interweave with each other.Some paintings can be stalled, sometimes for years, until they one day 'make sense' again alongside some newer work. The process is intuitive with plenty of tangents and capricious forays along the way but somehow everything eventually falls back into what Wallace thinks of as one continuous body of work with recurring ideas and themes in a long, slow, elliptical orbit.

Over the past 25 years or so Wallace has distilled a uniquevision. One touched with humour, mystery and a subtle sense of pathos. Thoughthe work often intrigues and baffles in equal measure his affinity withmaterials, openness of form and the accessibility of familiar motifs, invitesaudiences to engage with the work imaginatively and to form their ownsignificances.

Selected Exhibitions 

Alasdair Wallace has received numerous other awards since then including the William Littlejohn Award and the Guthrie Medal from the RSA, The Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award and the Walter Scott Award from the RSW, The Armour Award and The City Of Glasgow College Award from the RGI. He won The Noble Grossart Painting Prize in 2001and in 2018 he received the W Gordon Smith And Mrs Jay Gordon Smith Award at the annual exhibition of the Society Of Scottish Artists in Edinburgh.

He has had regular solo exhibitions at The Rebecca Hossack Gallery in London since 1995. His tenth show there entitled ‘Rare Vagrants and Accidentals’ took place at the gallery's NYC space in April 2014 and the most recent show 'Ache The Good Ache' opened in London at the end of 2016.

Other solo shows have taken place at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh and the Compass Gallery in Glasgow as well as the Featured Artist exhibition '230 volts' at Glasgow Print Studio in September 2015. Wallace regularly exhibits in the SSA, RGI, RSA and RSW annual exhibitions. Other group shows include ‘The River Runs Through It’ at Kelvingrove Museum and the inaugural ‘Ghosts Of Gone Birds’ exhibition in London as well as several survey shows at The Fleming Collection Gallery, London. His work was included in ‘INK’, an exhibition curated from the archives of Glasgow Print Studio by Sam Ainsley, David Harding and Sandy Moffat in 2017.

His works are held in a number of collections including: Walter Scott Collection, Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation, Cromarty Arts Trust, The Royal Scottish Academy, North Lanarkshire Council, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and The City Of Glasgow College.

Solo Exhibitions

2019     Oscillate Vacillate Orbit & Revolve -Glasgow Print Studio

2018     Incidences - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2016     Ache The Good Ache - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

2015     Two Hundred And Thirty Volts - Glasgow Print Studio

2014     Rare Vagrants And Accidentals - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, NYC

2014     Talking Tree -Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

2010     New and recent work - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2008     Soluble City - Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019     Royal Academy Summer Show, London

2018     Society Of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh

2017     INK. Curated by AHM, Glasgow Print Studio

2015     The Art Of Scotland’s Political Reawakening - North Kelvin College

2011     The Ghosts Of Gone Birds - Rochelle School, London

2010     ‘The River RunsThrough It’ - Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

2009     ‘Inspired’ -Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation Gallery, London

Awards

2018     John Gray Award - RSW Edinburgh

           W Gordon Smith Award - SSA Edinburgh

2017     William Littlejohn Award - Royal ScottishAcademy

2016     City Of Glasgow College Award - RGI Glasgow

2015     The Walter Scott Award - RSW Edinburgh

2005     Armour Award -Royal Glasgow Institute

2001     Noble GrossartPainting Prize

Collections

City Of Glasgow College                                            Walter Scott And Partners

Fleming-Wyfold Art Foundation                                  Cromarty Arts Trust

The Royal Scottish Academy                                      North Lanarkshire Council

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust