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.'

See more here

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

Amber Wallis features in Daily Life

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

Amber Wallis John Leslie Art Prize Finalist for 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 in ‘Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting’

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)