Last Paintings

These three large oil paintings were made between 2002 and 2006.  Drawing on imagery from some of the earlier etchings such as “The Turkish Bath” and “Golden Jerusalem Securities“, these are disturbing pictures of a chaotic environment.  The diminutive figure in each picture is Wallace himself, dressed in a striped rugby shirt in green, white and red – inserted as an observer into the scene.  This was the period of time when George Wallace began to show the first signs of Alzheimer’s.  The images seem to represent a growing distress about his world.  There also appear to be allusions to memory: the myriad post it notes, the Communist Manifesto, advertising slogans, the Crucifixion, and Homer’s Iliad.  Despite his memory loss he continued to make drawings until a few months before his death in 2009.