Abstract Landscapes

This page contains several galleries of abstract landscapes inspired by the St. Austell china clay workings first visited by Wallace in 1955.  There are many etchings, monotypes, ink drawings, chalk drawings and watercolours of this recurring theme drawn from memory between 1955 and 2000.  The artist’s “twin landforms” motif with their characteristic rounded shapes are often sculpturally rendered and are perhaps analogous to two human heads. The set of charcoal drawings made by Wallace in 1984 are full of energy and spontaneity not unlike some of the qualities of the later monotypes. The coloured chalk drawings and watercolour paintings are sensuous otherworldly images of an imagined landscape.  Most of the charcoal, pastel and watercolour drawings are made on textured C M Fabriano 100/100 Cotton papers.

The two portfolios of St. Austell etchings can be seen here, and Wallace’s essay about discovering St. Austell is here.