Alasdair Wallace's art is suffused with the surrealism of the everyday. His richly worked and allusively plotted paintings present a world that is at once recognisable and unsettling. It is a world full of odd juxtapositions and unexplained presences. Wallace lives and works in Glasgow, and the city's 'edgelands' provide a recurring motif for his work. He finds a rich space for his artistic imagination in the unfixed margin between the modern city and the countryside that surrounds it. From it he has distilled a unique vision, one touched with humour, mystery and a subtle sense of pathos.
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. He won The Noble Grossart Painting Prize in 2001and in 2018 he received the W Gordon Smith And Mrs Jay Gordon Smith Award at the annual exhibition of the Society Of Scottish Artists in Edinburgh.
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.