Anne Wallace

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Anne Wallace


Girl in Corridor, 1995
Anne Wallace (Born 1970)
oil on canvas
101 x 70cm
Exhibited: Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, 1995


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Anne Wallace’s personal paintings convey ambiguities at the heart of human experience. She creates images that are about something not shown, ‘that are not finally readable in spite of all the signs of narrative being present’. Evocative and discomforting, they are filled with a sense that time has been forever stilled. It is as though beneath the surface of these haunting, dream-like works, resides a repressed energy and emotion, on the verge of exposure.

Anne’s period spent at the Slade School of Art in London (1994–96) corresponded with a growing awareness of how complex and strange life actually is. Her Slade work of which Girl in Corridor, 1995 is a major example, developed a particular look and atmosphere to enable her to enter into confronting and unconscious aspects of human experience. Meticulous classic forms and design mix with romantic macabre…drap claustrophobic green colours work to convey forbidden knowledge. We are provided with hints of things we know about but don’t want to know about. We are not presented with images of certainty but rather spaces for questioning and for contemplating the profound, inexhaustible ambiguities of human experience.

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Anne Wallace

Anne Wallace completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at the Queensland University of Technology in 1991. In 1993 she was awarded the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, which enabled her to complete a Masters qualification at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. She graduated with distinction in 1996.

In 1999 Anne won the Sulman Prize, which is awarded for the best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist. Her paintings are held by the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, QUT Art Museum and Museum of Brisbane.