Alasdair Wallace



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Ache The Good 128x162cm acrylic on paper

Commodities 29x49cm acrylic on board

log study 27x27cm

Extraordinary 48x53cm acrylic on board

Skelf 23x30cm etching


My recent work has been influenced by the emblematic language found in some of the received ideas and traditions of landscape painting. In particular I am intrigued by the acutely artificial depictions of nature developed during the neo-classical period. The stylised representation of ‘Arcadia’ became increasingly formulaic and continued to seep, diluted and diffused via the decorative toile and vignette to become as unnoticed as wallpaper in the background of how we went on to visualise landscape. I produce imagery which preserves a sense of symbolism inherent in these traditions but that mischievously confounds the position by drawing an ambiguous connection to contemporary experiences. While my work does not aim to document specific locations it is informed by observations in my everyday environment and experience which become transformed in the process of painting.


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.
He 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 as well as The Noble Grossart Painting Prize in 2001.

He is currently preparing for a major solo exhibition at The Glasgow Print Studio in June/July 2019.

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.


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