“As a landscape painter, who has been painting and exhibiting since the 1980s, I recently exhibited in Florence, which had been a dream of mine since reading ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ while studying life-drawing as a 16-year-old at the National Gallery of Victoria Art School,” says Wallace. “I work in acrylic media with the main focus centred on atmospheric effects; changing light is an ongoing fascination as is the desire to capture the immediacy of a particular climatic situation. My work reflects the unpredictability of nature which increasingly dominates our world and highlights our transitory existence within the universe.”
Wallace exhibited her paintings at the ‘X Florence Biennale’ which took place at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence this past October.
“I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Lorenzo di Magnifico Silver Medal for Painting, which was a great honour considering the majority of the exhibitors were painters. This experience would have to be the highlight of my artistic career and it could not have taken place in a more beautiful city than Florence”, says Wallace.
The Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, or Florence Biennale is an event of excellence in the contemporary art scene: artists from all over the world come to Florence, where they have the chance to experience cross-cultural dialogue and contribute to making this biennial a reference model. The exhibition ran for 9 days with 423 artists participating from 62 countries.
Steffie Wallace is represented by Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney; Trevisan International Art, Italy; and Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York.
Image: Steffie Wallace – Lorenzo di Magnifico Silver Medal for Painting, X Florence Biennale