George Wallace: Darkness Remembrance & Light – An Artist’s Vision

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Sculpture and graphics

September 1 – 24, 2017
Opening Reception  Friday September 8, 7 – 9:30pm

George Wallace, exhibition invitationThis retrospective of the work of George Wallace brings together a selection of sculpture and graphics that help the viewer understand some of the principal ideas and vision of the artist. The curatorial arrangement of the exhibition is not chronological, but it is organized in three themes, with prints dating from the early 1950s to the late 1990s, some of which have rarely been exhibited. Two of these themes, the Biblical subjects and death, and the abstract St. Austell landscapes, inspired Wallace throughout his career. The third theme relates to the more light-hearted and satirical observations that he made after retiring from a long teaching career in the Department of Fine Arts at McMaster University. These themes illustrate his interest in both figurative subject matter and abstraction and his ability to move seamlessly from one to the other.

The two welded steel Lazarus figures exhibited here together for the first time, date from 1960 and 1985 and mark the ‘bookends’ of George Wallace’s sculptural work during the time that he lived and worked in Dundas.

George Burton Wallace was born in 1920 in Sandycove, Ireland. He died in 2009 in Victoria, BC. His works are represented in Canadian and international collections, including the McMaster Museum of Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Art Gallery of Ontario, Mohawk College, University of Guelph, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Ireland.

Hamilton Spectator review by Regina Haggo “Breathing life into steel” (Sept. 16, 2017)