Alasdair Wallace: Incidences
An exhibition of Alasdair Wallace’s densely symbolic paintings set in an alternative modern universe.
Wallace is an accomplished draughtsman and technician. In a style that is characterised by a very controlled and formal composition, combined with an unusual density and richness of colour, Wallace creates what he describes as ‘landscape inventions’.
His works are sophisticated in terms of both their accessibility to the spectator, and the complexity of thought which lies behind them. Wallace’s primary concern is dealing with imagery that works with some sort of ‘poetic’ logic of its own. Drawn to the emblematic, but careful to avoid obvious narrative or metaphor, he embraces any ambiguity that emerges from his subject, allowing the imagery to arrive intuitively. There are possibilities, references and connections, with the artist relying on the viewer to find or invent these for themselves.
Wallace trained at Glasgow School of Art from 1987 to 1991. He exhibits regularly in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London and has won numerous awards including the prestigious Noble Grossart Painting Prize in 2001 and most recently he was nominated for the W. Gordon Smith Prize in 2016.
His works are held in public and private collections in the UK.