Paintings by Richard Wallace
12 November > 10 December 2009
Richard Wallace is a graduate of the Australian National University where he received a scholarship and completed an Honours degree in Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited at various group exhibitions in Australia and also resides in private collections in the United States, Australia and Singapore.
Richard has spent the past four years studying and exhibiting in France and in 2008 became the first Australian artist to be granted a solo exhibition at the prestigious Chateau Villandry in the Loire Valley. The exhibition, which runs from March through to May 2010 will be seen by over a million visitors and is themed as a celebration of the Chateau’s famous renaissance gardens.
“I am interested in the texture and substance of li-ving matter. I try to get under the skin of what I am painting and to do this I have abandoned the brush and use my hands to manipulate pigments into the grain of whatever material I am using. Whereas most artists strive to deny the accident in their work I am concerned with preserving and incorpora-ting these chance encounters as they choose to manifest themselves. This is also why I use the “wrong” side or unprimed surface of the canvas as a means of capturing mistakes. Mistakes reveal truths and meaning. Without them things would be flat and perfect. And imperfections are supremely revealing and illumina-ting.....”
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