Ken Wallace, "Wetlands/Beaver Lake," 2003, acrylic on canvas, 50" x 60".
By Heather Miller
Known for his use of beautiful luminous cobalt blues, aquamarines and turquoise, Ken Wallace has been painting waterscapes and landscapes for the past three years. Through his 20-plus years of work at the Emily Carr Institute, the Vancouver resident has grasped the meaningful preservation of nature as a subject for his work which previously had included abstracts. "My work is a representation of the idea of nature for contemplation," he says. "Nature is not a trend, it's an actual existence which doesn't get the support and recognition it deserves."
Wallace says he differs from traditional landscape work in that he doesn't look for a horizon line, but rather his acrylics get right into the water where it meets the land; most depict urban wetlands.
Wallace's work appears in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Government of Alberta and many others. He is featured in solo exhibitions at the Bau-xi Gallery in Vancouver, October 11 to November 1, 2003, and at Agnes Bugera Gallery in Edmonton, October 25 to November 7, 2003.