Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sydney Contemporary 2015

I will be showing four new works with Edwina Corlette Gallery at Sydney Contemporary 2015 opening this week!


Carriageworks 10-13 September 2015

New works below:

The Design Files Still Life/Cactus/Skelephone

The Design Files featured my show Still Life/Cactus/Skelephone back in June 2015.


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Daily Imprint and Studio Visit

Interview over at Daily Imprint today!


and a video of me working in the studio over at Vimeo:


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Still Life/Cactus/Skelephone at Edwina Corlette Brisbane

New solo show opening 2-20 June 2015 opening night 5 June 2015

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Utopian Slumps FIN

Melbourne's beloved gallery and my artistic home is closing it's doors after this last exhibition - FIN. With a line up of all it's exhibitors  - wow! To top it off a collector and friend has purchased the entire show for histories sake. Farewell Slumps, Melissa Loughnan you will be irreplaceable to the community you created and nurtured and the camaraderie found within the stable will be unparallelled.


Sublime Point: The Landscape In Painting Hazelhurst Regional Gallery

11 Oct 2014 – 30 Nov 2014

This exhibition brings together 25 leading painters from across the country, who share an interest in the landscape as subject. The artists selected for this exhibition are based in many different regions from around Australia; rural, remote and urban. Techniques employed by the artists reflect this diversity as does the use of landscape which may originate from a cultural and spiritual attachment to place or an urban sensibility to a changing environment. For others the landscape provides a vehicle for the exploration of self, responses to the historical aspect of landscape and a relationship with nature.
Other artists in the exhibition include, Churchill Cann (WA), Tony Clark (ACT/Italy), Sally Gabori (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Noel McKenna (NSW), Imants Tillers (NSW), Neridah Stockley (NT), Caroline Rannersberger (TAS), Stephen Bush (VIC), David Ralph (VIC), Mark Rodda (TAS/VIC),Paul Ryan (NSW), Kate Shaw (Vic), Joanna Lamb (WA), Chris Langois (NSW), George Tjungurrayi (NT), Tjala Women’s Collaborative (SA), Amber Wallis (NSW), Oliver Watts (NSW), Philip Wolfhagen (TAS).
My works below are White Painting 2013 and Upside Down Landscape 2013


John Leslie Art Prize 2014 - finalist.

I was lucky enough to be selected as a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize 2014 with my work Gum Colours/Limb Flags 2013.


Australian Poetry Journal

This little baby came out in July 2014. It slipped my radar... but they used one of my favourite paintings - Dash Snow's Ghosts 2009. Get it.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

'Sense of Surround' Edwina Corlette Brisbane

Come along to this opening Saturday 6 September from 2pm at Edwina Corlette Brisbane.
Show - 9 Sep – 27 Sep 2014

I have three works in the show - below...

Sense of Surround brings together five artists – Carla Hananiah, Tara Marynowsky, Kate Scardifield, Jennifer Tyers and Amber Wallis – and suggests that an artist’s conjuring up of a personal landscape offers the viewer an exchange – a facilitating by the artwork of a crossing over into territories of the psyche meeting the physical.

Each of these artists follows and assists the natural inclinations of her materials, asks formal questions about the nature of her medium and works toward an idiom of space in a compellingly unique voice. Carla Hananiah’s electric-coloured canvases build tension between epic landscape and singularities of paint on a micro scale. The auratic power of the feminine is investigated in Tara Marynowsky’s painterly interventions on vintage postcards and surreal watercolours. Kate Scardifeld’s obsessively wrapped poles allude to the marking out of space by tribal totems as well as to the stripes on a nation’s flag. The crisp use of pattern, acidic colour and cool pools of shadow in the watercolours of Jennifer Tyres calls up the omniscient, fecund presence sensed in jungles and rainforests. And Amber Wallis’ bravura oil paintings gesture sensually toward action and materiality in the landscape of the paint itself. Carol Schwarzman


Blue Sky Grey Trees 2014

Cloud Planks at Building Site 2014

  Blue Painting 2014

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

John Leslie Art Prize 2014 Finalist

I'm very happy to announce I am a finalist in this years Gippsland Art Gallery - John Leslie Art Prize for landscape painting. The painting selected (below) is the the finished product of the work in progress painting you see in the post below this one (The Meander)... It is called Gum Colours/Limb Flags 2013

Friday, 15 November 2013

The Meander

It was lovely to meet Casey and Jarvis when they came down to shoot my studio a little while ago. This interview for issue 07 was done right in the thick of making work for my Gallery 9 show 'Flipping the Slip'.. there are lots of great articles in this issue to discover.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Flipping the Slip

Flipping the Slip
Opening Wednesday 6 November 2013
Thursday 7 November - Saturday 30 November 2013
Gallery 9 
9 darley st darlinghurst nsw 2010
t: + 61 2 9380 9909

The new work presented in Flipping the Slip is at once a continuation of Wallis' loose-feeling landscape painting and also a subtle move into different terrain. Wallis remains concerned with the nature and process of painting but explores the compositions’ loose geometric forms, abstraction and cut off extremities. There is a sense of floating and the continual lyrical movement present in her works merges with her ever-present concern for colour as she further dissects the works into more abstraction than we have previously seen.

The title, Flipping the Slip stems from a number of restrictions placed on her recent practice: a limited painting palette, a loose desire to paint landscapes upside down, a compulsion to paint works out-doors and the treatment of the canvas like a drawing – by not excessively reworking the surface. Her canvases have always been continually flipped within her painting process but this is even more evident in the new work. Some landscapes have even become flipped with hints of clouds upside-down. Some works reference other painters directly as a nod to their imagery, yet Wallis assimilates the references into her own artistic language.

Wallis was born in New Zealand in 1978, has spent recent years living in Melbourne before relocating to Bangalow, in the Northern NSW, where she currently resides and works. She completed a BA in Visual Photomedia from the ANU School of Art, ACT (formerly the Canberra School of Art), during which she undertook an exchange at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada, and holds a Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. In 2008 she won the prestigious Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, after which she worked from studios at ISCP, New York, Redbird Studios, Montreal and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.
In 2012, Wallis was the cover feature of Australian Art Collector, an 8-page article, ‘Psychoactive Painting’ by Carrie Miller, and was also profiled by Artist Profile for the magazine’s Melbourne Art Fair issue. She has had frequent solo exhibitions with Utopian Slumps in Melbourne and in September/October 2013, Wallis’ work was featured in The Feminine Optic: Perspectives on the Landscape at Tamworth Regional Gallery, curated by Andrew Frost. The artist’s work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe Collections as well as various private collections in Australia and internationally.

Gum colours / limb flags 2013
oil on linen 150 x 200 cm

 White Painting 2013
oil on linen 150 x 150 cm

 Palm / submerged elbow 2013
oil on canvas 150 x 150 cm

Whisson / Australian greys and green before it rains / split paddock 2013
oil on linen 100 x 100 cm

Sillman / Entangled Floating Bed 2013 (diptych) 
oil on linen 120 x 200 cm
 Upside down landscape 2013
oil on linen 100 x 100 cm

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Feminine Optic - Tamworth Regional Gallery

The Feminine Optic: Perspectives on the Landscape

13 September to 19 October 2013

Curated by Andrew Frost and developed by Tamworth Regional Gallery

The Feminine Optic presents the work of five women artists, Michelle Hungerford, Charmaine Pike, Gabrielle Collins, Joanna Logue and Amber Wallis whose work represents a range of approaches, from loose and gestural drawing based work to architecturally formed painting of careful and precise construction, to work that accentuates the process of looking and observing for both artist and audience.

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program
administered by Museums & Galleries NSW on behalf of the NSW Government

The Feminine Optic:
Perspectives on the Landscape

Exhibtion opening Friday 13 September 2013 at 6pm
to be opened by
artist Janet Laurence

Public Program Saturday 14 September 2013

10.30am Andrew Frost Curator’s Talk

11.15am Panel discussion with Andrew Frost and the artists,
Gabrielle Collins, Michelle Hungerford, Joanna Logue,
Charmaine Pike and Amber Wallis.
To be chaired by
Associate Professor Joanna Mendelssohn,
College of Fine Arts, UNSW

What do female painters bring to landscape painting?
Is there such a thing as a ‘feminine’ point of view?

This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Curatorial Support Initiative grant, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries NSW on behalf of the NSW Government

Thursday, 11 July 2013

new work happening for Tamworth Regional Gallery - group show opening September 13 2013.... more images soon...

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Happy 2013 as I saunter back to my much ignored blog,  ignored as not much has been happening with my art. I have however moved state (again) and have been setting up a new kind of life after the death of my mother and now find myself in the Byron Bay hinterland. The absence of art has mainly been because I don't have a decent studio/working space but really that is no excuse, people have made more with much less space than I. But I find if I have a good work space that allows my mind to be open and expansive then it generates an equal kind of output. So hopefully 2013 will bring about, among other things, a great big open inspiring work space and hopefully a bit more energy as I work through my grief.

Meanwhile Kirra Jamison and I caught up while she was in Byron Bay and she was kind enough to invite me to participate in her food blog Keke. So check it out for a stalk into my dwelling in the Byron Bay Hills or for a recipe or two.

Meanwhile 2013 promises some art as I have shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Tamworth Regional Gallery - more on that stuff soon.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Melbourne Art Fair 2012

A big thank you to Melissa Loughnan and Justin Hinder from Utopian Slumps for the amazing support at Melbourne Art Fair. Thank you to Mark Tuckey for the loan of the fabulous furniture. Thank you to Tai Snaith and Ace Wagstaff for the flattering review on Smart Arts (to listen its on 2 August 2012 around 1:36:00)

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Blackmail Amber Wallis Studio Visit

John Deer photographed my work for Melbourne Art Fair and took some snaps in the process. You can see select pics at The Blackmail and a more extensive bunch at his site Cleverdeer

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Melbourne Art Fair 2012 Amber Wallis New Paintings


Utopian Slumps is pleased to announce Amber Wallis as the gallery’s representative artist at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair.

Exploring the very act of painting through a renewed sense of colour, form and technique, Wallis’ latest works delve further into her abstracted representations of the landscape, infused with human reference. Through the melancholy and grief of the recent loss of her mother there is both lightness and darkness in these new paintings: ominous grey clouds, black rain and white ghost figures are offset by vibrant blocks of jade green, electric blue and peach. The most recently executed paintings, however, feature lush tropical palms and orange and pink horizons, belying an omnipresent sense of optimism and hope for the future.

Wallis graduated from a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Photomedia at the Canberra School of Art, ACT and participated in an exchange program with Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Canada in 2002. She completed her Master of Visual Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 2008 and was the winner of the tenth Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2008. During her scholarship she worked from studios at ISCP, New York, Redbird Studios, Montreal and completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Wallis was resident artist at the Canberra School of Art in 2009. Solo exhibitions include Dark Gully Sex Drawings, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Mountains Full of Sky/Salty Lines, Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; I Fuck Mountains, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2010; Dark Gully/Psychic War, Chalk Horse, Sydney, 2010; and Circle of Eagles, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2009. Selected group exhibitions include The New Arcadia, curated by Kezia Geddes, Lismore Regional Gallery, 2011; Territorial Pissings, Utopian Slumps, 2010; The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009; Brett Whiteley Travelling Arts Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio AGNSW, Sydney, 2008; Thank God We Died Together, TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2008; Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria, 2008; and Swans and Ammo, with Lizzie Hall, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2007. Wallis' work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe collections, as well as various private collections in Australia and overseas. She was the cover artist and subject of a major feature article in Australian Art Collector in 2011 and is featured in the current Melbourne Art Fair edition of Artist Profile magazine.

Amber Wallis’ solo presentation at Melbourne Art Fair will take place from 1 to 5 August 2012. For further information, or for a preview catalogue, please contact Melissa Loughnan on +61 3 9077 9918 or melissa@utopianslumps.com.

Image: Amber Wallis, Buddhist Orange/Banana Diptych2012, oil on cotton, framed, 120 x 180 cm each panel, 120 x 360cm overall 
+61 3 9077 9918

Friday, 1 June 2012

Artist Profile Issue 19

Artist Profile Melbourne Art Fair Special Edition on stands now! Yours truly up the back.