Born in England, Ian Wallace grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and is known as an educator and conceptual artist. Wallace is most famous for his multi-media works and for pioneering the use of large-format photography in the 1970s. Wallace taught art history at the University of British Columbia shortly after he began exhibiting in 1965, then moved to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 1972. There, he influenced the next Vancouver School, including Jeff Wall and Stan Douglas, to incorporate the history of art, film, and photography into their works. We see his own interest in the history of art through his use of different mediums in a single work. This will often include modernist painting, collage, documentary photography, and literature. These juxtapositions explore both the challenges of the media, and how representation is a means of synthesizing the world around us.
Wallace holds a Masters of Art History from UBC. His work has been exhibited around North America at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as overseas at the Canada House in England, and galleries in Germany, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Italy, and more.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed and numbered 8/20 on the reverse
Private Collection, Toronto
About Ian Wallace
British, b. 1943, Shoreham, United Kingdom