Since graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999, with an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing, Scott Wallace has exhibited his work in many group and solo exhibitions in locations as diverse as Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Brooklyn, NY and Charleston, SC. His most recent body of work is a return to abstract painting, after a foray into more graphic, photo-based imagery for his last series of creations.
These newest pieces flirt with the line between representation and abstraction, modified through the process of drawing, while at the same time are an exploration of the base materiality of acrylic paint itself. Working to create a balance between the intuitive/accidental and the cognitive/controlled, these paintings are materially active objects about a personal narrative distilled through a studio practice, which is about immediacy and flow. Ultimately, despite the very evident facture in texture and the unusual color relationships, Mr. Wallace’s paintings are about a resemblance to nature that is provocative yet insufficient. Instead, these paintings are intended to reveal intimate yet unseen moments that occur between people, places, and events, an interval that is part of a larger continuum more significant than any individual element.
Mr. Wallace has lived in North Charleston, SC, for five years, residing in the Park Circle neighborhood and teaching at Trident Technical College in the Visual Arts Department. When not working or making art, he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, the photographer Leslie Burns, reading books with his daughter, Veronica, playing the drums, and watching The Chicago Bears.