Ally’s work has two distinct strands – one of which is his studio sculptures and drawings, involving a simple use of colour and form as a reflection of his interest in the aesthetics of Modernism, particularly architecture. Experimentation with materials results in works which suggest simplified architectural forms. It is these studio works that he is showing in the Gannochy Project Space at Perth Creative Exchange.
The other strand of his work is to initiate his own residency projects, in situations that provide the subject matter for his work, with drawings, sculptures and films often being created in response to architectural locations and exhibited in the spaces to which they relate. Recent self-initiated residencies have taken place in a wide range of locations, including an architect’s office, a hydro-electric power station and a football stadium. He is interested in architecture and in the relationship between buildings and their usage. Occasionally he has exhibitions which combine both of these strands of his practice and he is interested in how the works, from different sources, relate to each other.
In addition to his self directed practice, he has also undertaken a number of large scale public art commissions over the years – mostly for new hospitals – in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Brighton and Bristol.
Throughout his career, Ally has received major awards and exhibited his work internationally. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in painting from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1985 and MA in Site-Specific Sculpture (with Distinction) from Wimbledon School of Art, in 1998.
Born in 1960 in Lanark, Ally Wallace is an artist based in Glasgow. He works across a range of disciplines – including installation, drawing, painting, sculpture and video.