September 26, 2019
Artist Profile magazine features Amber Wallis's latest body of work 'Murky Sex Paintings' in the current edition. Curator Kevin Wilson writes:
Far from being ‘light weight’, Amber Wallis’s paintings are complex, tonally low key, sketchy, at times dark, and drawing-like. They are confronting and seem to give little away. They ask questions about painterly space, about a jumble of real and imagined views and how we describe our memories, sexuality, feelings and hurt.
August 17, 2019
Administered by Bendigo Art Gallery and held every two years, the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize is designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists, awarding a generous acquisitive cash prize of $50,000.
Amber Wallis is a finalist in the 2019 award.
May 22, 2019
Amber Wallis's work 'Sleeping Figure' 2018 has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, administered by Caloundra Regional Gallery.
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. Forty finalists have been selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2019 offers a prize pool of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.
Image: Sleeping Figure 2018, oil on canvas, 150 x 150cm
March 20, 2019
AMBER WALLIS, BELEM LETT, LUCY O'DOHERTY AND SALLY ANDERSON IN 'The Whiteley at 20: Twenty Years of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship' AT S.H. ERVIN GALLERY
22 March – 5 May 2019
An exhibition of artworks by 20 young Australian artists celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, will be on view at the S.H. Ervin Gallery in Sydney from 22 March to 5 May 2019.
The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship was established by Ms Beryl Whiteley (1917-2010) who generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, to provide young painters the opportunity to travel to Paris and explore Europe in order to develop their artistic practice. Since its inception in 1999, 20 young painters have followed in the footsteps if Brett Whiteley who won the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship in 1959.
The exhibition features works by Sally Anderson, Alice Byrne, Mitch Cairns, James Drinkwater, Petrea Fellow, Becky Gibson, Nathan Hawkes, Alan Jones, Nicole Kelly, Belem Lett, Lucy O’Doherty, Wayde Owen, Timothy Phillips, Tom Polo, Ben Quilty, Karlee Rawkins, Samuel Wade, Amber Wallis, Natasha Walsh, and Marcus Wills, alongside the four paintings by Brett Whiteley that secured him the Italian Government Travelling Scholarship, displayed together for the first time since 1959.
The exhibition presents the works by each artist that were entered and/ or won the scholarship, works resulting from their residency at the Cite Internationale des Art, Paris and recent work. The cohort of scholarship awardees features three artists who have gone on to win the Archibald Prize and many have now established themselves on the art scene and exhibit regularly.
February 27, 2019
Amber Wallis's work has been included in a group exhibition at USC Art Gallery
Taking its title from the poetry of Sappho, Come Close is an exhibition of the work of Leonard Brown, Christian Flynn, Ian Friend, Gordon Shepherdson, Amber Wallis and Judith Wright.
Placed together, the artwork of these six artists is as cohesive as it is distinct. This cohesiveness comes from a shared commitment to the materiality of process and to working with the tensions of form and formlessness. Building through and out of this process the resulting artworks are objects for contemplation that reveal something about the poetics of experience.
31 January - 16 March 2019
October 23, 2018
Amber Wallis is a finalist in this year's Mosman Art Prize with her work 'Nude' 2018.
Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia's oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work.
As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947.
September 30, 2018
Amber Wallis's work Bedroom 1975 and Bedroom View is a finalist in the John Leslie Prize for through Gippsland Art Gallery.
The Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious and valuable prizes for landscape painting. With a first prize of $20,000 it consistently attracts the highest calibre of artists working in Australia.
The Prize is named after the Gippsland Art Gallery’s long time Patron, John Leslie OBE (1919—2016), and continues through the generous ongoing support of the John Leslie Foundation.
22 September — 25 November 2018
July 26, 2018
Amber Wallis's work Room 1975 has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, administered by Caloundra Regional Gallery.
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is a national contemporary acquisitive award presented by Sunshine Coast Council. The award is open to any artist who is an Australian resident, working in a 2D medium. Forty finalists have been selected for exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery and the winning work will be added to the Sunshine Coast Art Collection.
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize offers a prize pool of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.
Image: Amber Wallis | Room 1975 | 2017 | oil on linen | 150 x 120 cm
December 9, 2017
We’re closer than you think brings together artwork by 19 artists
based in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. The exhibition questions
the notion of ‘regionality’ and the perception that artists working
outside of metropolitan areas are hindered by location. The Northern
Rivers, like many regional centres, is no longer just a ‘receiver’,
passively waiting to consume pre-packaged arts and culture, but are
now recognised as centres of arts creation in their own right with
relationships in metropolitan and international markets.
The exhibition is commissioned as part of the Artstate Lismore Arts Program.
"The lightness and darkness of parenting permeates both the process, and narrative of [Amber] Wallis’s work. Now a mother, she has had to renegotiate time to create a productive and consolidated art practice. Works once ruminated over in the flesh are now pondered while she parents. In thinking about her child’s future her thoughts stray to her past. These memories, both cherished and banished, have found their way into her mind and painting. This changed way of working has created a fragmented approach with long thought processes and minimal practical time..."
- Natalie Bull and Zoe Robinson-Kennedy
Read further here
October 6, 2017
Amber Wallis's current exhibition 'Part Time Paintings' is featured in the current edition of Art Almanac:
'Amber Wallis is an enigmatic painter whose work holds a mirror to the present and past. In her latest show, with a title that hints at the highs and lows which are inevitable for a new parent, she confirms how motherhood spells a renegotiation of her time but has also encouraged the artist to tap into, or share a different part of herself and trove her signature landscapes for a nuanced and personal history.'
May 11, 2017
Utopian Slumps has released Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art by Melissa Loughnan, featuring Amber Wallis.
From Australiana to Zeitgeist with Internet, Kitsch, and Xerox in between, this thematic book brings together the work of 78 Australian artists.
Published by Thames & Hudson, the 272 page full colour text showcases a selection of artists from a range of disciplines and working across multiple mediums.
The book will be launched at Gertrude Contemporary on Wednesday 31 May, 6 - 8pm
May 7, 2017
Amber Wallis is a finalist in the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award.
Artists compete for the $15,000 major award; the Young and Emerging Artist Award and the Friends of Hazelhurst Local Artist Award ($5000 each) and the People’s Choice Award ($1000). The exhibition includes diverse work by artists from across Australia including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, printmaking and video.
Hazelhurst received entries by more than 850 artists this year, the largest number of entries ever received for the Art on Paper Award. The entries were of an incredibly high standard in a diverse range of mediums which made the selection process an enjoyable, yet difficult task for the selection panel. The selection panel for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art Award, consisted of Carrie Kibbler, Hazelhurst's Curator, Grahame Kime, Hazelhurst’s Art Centre Manager, Louisa Chircop, winner of the 2015 Art on Paper Local Artist Award and Rochelle Haley, artist and lecturer at UNSW Art & Design.
The judge for the 2017 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award is Lindy Lee. The award winners will be announced at the exhibition launch on Friday 19 May at 6pm. The exhibition continues until Sunday 16 July 2017.
February 28, 2015
In an article from Daily Life, Amber Wallis was named one of seven young artists to invest in now.
Amber approaches her painting practice with a huge energy and a quiet ambition, two factors which are important in determining how far an artist will go in their career. Her physical landscapes begin with ‘hitting the canvas all out’ and result in a colour palette and composition that’s eternally engaging.
Read the full article here.
December 19, 2014
Congratulations to Amber Wallis who was a finalist in this years John Leslie Art Prize for landscape painting. The selected work is a 2013 piece titled ‘Gum Colours/Limb Flags’. Run by Gippsland Art Gallery every two years the John Leslie Art Prize stands as one of Australia’s leading prizes for landscape artists working and living in Australia. With over 400 entries received the competition was narrowed down to 34 finalists and the winner announced by The Hon. Peter Ryan MP, Deputy Premier of Victoria, at the official opening.
December 19, 2014
Amber Wallis’ works White Painting (2013) and Upside Down Landscape (2013) are part of ‘Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting’ at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery until 30 November. The exhibition was curated by Carrie Kibbler and Grahame Kime and includes 25 leading Australian painters.
Image: White Painting (2013)