Bedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 1 Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Bedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 1
Bedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 1 2017
Bedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 1Amber WallisBedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 1
Bedroom 1975 And Bedroom View 12017
oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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Intimate Figures Held By Presences Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Intimate Figures Held By Presences
Intimate Figures Held By Presences 2019
Intimate Figures Held By PresencesAmber WallisIntimate Figures Held By Presences
Intimate Figures Held By Presences2019
oil on linen
154 x 134 cm
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Great Barrier Island A Frame And Orgy Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Great Barrier Island A Frame And Orgy
Great Barrier Island A Frame And Orgy 2019
Great Barrier Island A Frame And OrgyAmber WallisGreat Barrier Island A Frame And Orgy
Great Barrier Island A Frame And Orgy2019
oil on linen
154 x 134 cm
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Vase Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Vase
Vase 2017
VaseAmber WallisVase
Vase2017
oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
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Colin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other Souls Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Colin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other Souls
Colin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other Souls 2019
Colin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other SoulsAmber WallisColin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other Souls
Colin McCahons Exterior At Titarangi With Other Souls2019
oil on linen
154 x 134 cm
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Let's Share Some Energy Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Let's Share Some Energy
Let's Share Some Energy 2011
Let's Share Some EnergyAmber WallisLet's Share Some Energy
Let's Share Some Energy2011
pencil, charcoal, oil on linen
122 x 152 cm
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Room 1975 Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Room 1975
Room 1975 2017
Room 1975Amber WallisRoom 1975
Room 19752017
oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
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Handmade House Structure And Bed Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Handmade House Structure And Bed
Handmade House Structure And Bed 2019
Handmade House Structure And BedAmber WallisHandmade House Structure And Bed
Handmade House Structure And Bed2019
oil on linen
154 x 134 cm
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Oblique Trib Plus One Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Oblique Trib Plus One
Oblique Trib Plus One 2015
Oblique Trib Plus OneAmber WallisOblique Trib Plus One
Oblique Trib Plus One2015
oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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Nude Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Nude
Nude 2018
NudeAmber WallisNude
Nude2018
oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
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After Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy Collaboration Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - After Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy Collaboration
After Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy Collaboration 2015
After Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy CollaborationAmber WallisAfter Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy Collaboration
After Cactus Penis Portal/port Fairy Collaboration2015
oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
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Sleeping Figure Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Sleeping Figure
Sleeping Figure 2018
Sleeping FigureAmber WallisSleeping Figure
Sleeping Figure2018
oil on linen
150 x 150 cm
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Tug Of War, Sea Of Love Part II Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Tug Of War, Sea Of Love Part II
Tug Of War, Sea Of Love Part II 2014
Tug Of War, Sea Of Love Part IIAmber WallisTug Of War, Sea Of Love Part II
Tug Of War, Sea Of Love Part II2014
oil on linen
122 x 244 cm
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Untitled Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Untitled
Untitled 2018
UntitledAmber WallisUntitled
Untitled2018
oil on linen
150 x 120 cm
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Pitching Tents Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Pitching Tents
Pitching Tents 2019
Pitching TentsAmber WallisPitching Tents
Pitching Tents2019
OIL ON LINEN
154 x 134 cm
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Underneath Amber Wallis Amber Wallis - Underneath
Underneath 2019
UnderneathAmber WallisUnderneath
Underneath2019
oil on cotton
139 x 129 cm
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Amber Wallis’ paintings transform an internal psychological landscape into lyrical physicality. In her work, looping, rhythmic lines and broad areas of brushwork intersperse with shadows of recognizable forms to become the “uncanny place where the abstract and figurative meet”. Her engagement of the hand, gestural notation and colour map out thoughts, emotions, and intuitions.

While mining the legacy of Abstract Expressionism yet suffusing her work with an antipodean light and a fresh, quixotic beauty, Wallis is most concerned with beginning a painting by “hitting a canvas all out”, and maintaining the immediacy of drawing and initial lightness of touch. Balancing the formal with the personal she “traverses the quagmire of thoughts and materials” to arrive at a gutsy art practice liberated from language, and committed to confronting the canvas as a field of action and radical self-analysis.

Amber holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Canberra School of Art and a Master of Visual Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts. She was the winner of the tenth Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in 2008, during which time she worked in New York and Montreal and completed a residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. Following from this Amber has been a finalist in several art prizes including and most recently the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2019), Sunshine Coast Art Prize (2018,2019) and Mosman Art Prize (2018). She has featured in serval art publications and magazines notably Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art by Melissa Loughnan, Artist Profile (2019, 2012), Art Almanac and Australian Art Collector. Amber has exhibited throughout Australia, Canada and the USA. Her work is held in the Artbank and Arthur Roe Collections as well as various private collections in Australia and internationally. Carol Schwarzman

Born 1978, New Zealand

Currently lives and works in Bangalow, New South Wales

EDUCATION

2008

  • Masters of Visual Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2007

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Art (Painting), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2002

  • Bachelor of Arts Visual (Photomedia), Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Exchange Program, Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • 'Murky Sex Paintings', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2018

  • Melbourne Art Fair, Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne

2017

  • 'Part Time Paintings', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2015

  • 'Still Life/Cactus/Skelephone', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane

2013

  • 'Flipping the Slip', Gallery 9, Sydney

2012

  • Melbourne Art Fair, New Paintings, solo artist for Utopian Slumps Gallery, Melbourne

2011

  • 'Dark Gully/Sex Drawings', Utopians Slumps, Melbourne
  • 'Mountains Full of Sky/Salty Lines', Edwina Corlette, Brisbane

2010

  • 'I Fuck Mountains', Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
  • 'Dark Gully/Psychic War', Chalk Horse Gallery, Sydney

2009

  • 'Circle of Eagles', Utopian Slumps Gallery, Melbourne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship 20 Year Anniversary Exhibition, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
  • 'The New Gallery Show - Group Exhibition', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • 'Come Closer', University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, Queensland
  • 'm_othering the perceptual ars poetica', Curated by Abbra Kotlarczyk and Antonia Sellbach, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne
  • 'Sexy Xmas', The Lodge Los Angeles USA

2018

  • Let Her Rip, Byron School of Art

2017

  • Hazlehurst Art on Paper Award, Hazlehurst Regional Gallery

2016

  • 'Interstice', Tristian Koenig, Collingwood

2015

  • Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Edwina Corlette Gallery

2014

  • 'FIN', Utopian Slumps, Melbourne
  • 'Sublime Point: The Landscape in Painting', Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
  • 'Sense of Surround', Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane
  • John Leslie Art Prize, Finalist, Gippsland Art Gallery

2013

  • 'The Feminine Optic', Curated by Andrew Frost, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth

2011

  • 'The New Arcadia', Lismore Regional Gallery

2010

  • 'Pin Up Your Doodle', Charity Fundraising, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
  • 'Worm Mountain', group show, C3 Gallery, Abbortsford Convent, Melbourne
  • 'Territorial Pissings', Utopian Slumps, Melbourne

2009

  • 'Chalk Reindeer', Christmas Show, Chalk Horse, Sydney
  • 'The Shilo Project', Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne
  • 'South', Monster Children Gallery, Sydney
  • 'Red Bird', General 54, Montreal, Canada

2008

  • Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship Finalist Exhibition, Brett Whiteley Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Headcase Charity Auction, Sofitel, Melbourne
  • Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo - Finalist
  • 'Thank God We Died Together', TCB, Melbourne
  • 'Con.ceit’08', Corangamarah Art Prize - Finalist
  • 'Masters of the Universe', Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

2007

  • Graduate Exhibition, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
  • Disparate Collection, Victorian College of the Arts Student Gallery, Melbourne

2006

  • 'Xmas Is Completely Cool Charity Group Show!', Someday Gallery, PAM, Melbourne
  • 'The Present History Launch', The Front Gallery, Canberra
  • 'Sepia Hell', joint exhibition with Alana Di Giacomo, Ballan & Pannan Galleries, Melbourne

2005

  • 'Holiday Present & Gift Show', Someday Gallery, Melbourne

2002

  • 'A Memorable Decline', Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, Canada

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2019

  • Finalist, Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery
  • Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery

2018

  • Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery
  • Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
  • Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery

2017

  • Finalist, Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award

2014

  • Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery

2010

  • Artstart Grant, Australia Council for the Arts

2009

  • Residency, Cite International des Arts, Paris

2008

  • Winner, Brett Whiteley Traveling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 'The Cage', Postgraduate Residency, April and September 2009, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

  • Kevin Wilson, Preview Amber Wallis, Artist Profile, Issue 48, p142
  • Megan Willams and Arryn Snowball, Come Close, University of Sunshine Coast publication

2018

  • Vault, Melbourne Art Fair 2018, Issue 23, page 103

2017

  • Melissa Loughnan, Australiana to Zeitgeist: An A-Z of Contemporary Australian Art, 31 May
  • The Art Almanac, Amber Wallis: Part Time Paintings, September

2015

  • Lisa Marie Corso, Amber Wallis Still Life/Cactus/Skelephone, The Design Files, 9 June
  • The Art Life, New Work Friday #192, 29 May
  • Carrie McCarthy, Controlled Chaos, Cultural Flanerie, 25 June
  • Daily Imprint, Artist Amber Wallis, 3 June

2014

  • Australian Poetry Journal 4.1, 21 July, Cover Artwork

2013

  • Casey Hutton, Amber Wallis Studio Visit and Interview, The Meander Journal, November
  • Andrew Frost, Flipping the Slip, The Art Life, 15 November

2012

  • Artist Profile, Amber Wallis, Melbourne Art Fair Special Edition, Issue 19, p 130 - 131

2012

  • Michel Lawrence, Amber Wallis Sexing Up the Slumps, Inside Art TV video profile, 15 August

2011

  • Australian Art Collector, Psychoactive Painting, October – December, p 128 – 135
  • The Age, Visual Art, 11 November

2010

  • The Age, Visual Art, 6 October
  • The Age, What’s On, 16 October
  • Dan Rule, Amber Wallis: I Fuck Mountains, Broadsheet Melbourne, 29 September
  • ABC Television, ABC Arts, Utopian Slumps Reborn, 29 April
  • The Age, Utopian De-Slumped, 24 March, p 18

2009

  • The Shilo Project, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, p 42
  • Celebrating 10 Years of Young Talent, Look, Art Gallery Society of NSW, August/September, p54

2008

  • Lyrical Landscape Wins Trip to Paris, VCA News, Issue 2, p 11
  • The Age, Our Space Ian McBride and Amber Wallis, A2 Section, 28 October, p 11
  • The Sydney Morning Herald, A simple note takes artist to great place, 18 September, p 10
  • The Daily Telegraph, An Artful memory is a young painter’s passport to Paris, 18 September, p 18
  • The Australian, Lyrical Landscape wins trip to Paris, 18 September, p 7
  • The Canberra Times, Artist finds magic near Captains Flat, 18 September, p 3
  • The Daily Telegraph, An artful memory pays off, 18 September, p 9
  • Museums & Galleries NSW, June Issue 2 Brave New World, Social Media and Cultural Organisations, Cover image Contextual Villains collaboration

2006

  • The Present History, Contextual Villains, limited edition release, National Australia – Winner Create Awards, p 74

COLLECTIONS

  • Artbank
  • Arthur Roe Collection
  • Private collections in Australia and Internationally

29 August 2018 – 15 September 2018
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

9 – 13 September 2015
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair

9 – 27 September 2014
Sense of Surround (Gallery 2)

14 March 2011 – 2 April 2011
Amber Wallis ‘Mountains Full of Sky/Salty Lines’ (Gallery 2)

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.

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