Susan Wallis
SUSAN WALLIS

BIOGRAPHY

Susan Wallis is a Toronto born artist who divides her time between her east end Toronto studio and her studio in the picturesque area of Prince Edward County, Ontario. Wallis is a graduate from the University of Toronto with a BA in Fine Art History and Studio Art. Wallis is collected Internationally and represented by galleries in Toronto, Oakville, Prince Edward County, Montreal, Canmore, Banff, and Whistler.


ARTIST STATEMENT

“I fell in love with the ancient medium of encaustic painting in 2002. Previously an acrylic painter I was very unhappy with the flatness of the medium. I loved the depth and colour of oil, but found the messiness and long drying time cumbersome. The encaustic medium became the perfect solution to my creative dilemma. Wax and oil mixed together provide me with the vibrancy of colour inherent of oil, unbelievable texture, combined with the quickness of drying that suits my impatient temperament. Once the wax cools, the medium is dry to touch within seconds.
Currently my muse is the Canadian landscape. The vast fields, forests and lakescapes of Canada provide endless inspiration. Although traditional in subject manner my approach is that of simplicity. I believe strongly that a painting should depict the act of seeing, not the object seen. I offer through my paintings an atmospheric suggestion of possibility or the probability of the moment. It is what I don’t depict, the parts I leave out that is sometimes the most important element of my work. These ‘openings’ invite the viewer to participate by joining the colours and images with their own imagination.”


EDUCATION
1984 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History and Studio Art, University of Toronto
1984 Certificate in Design from Sheridan College, (Oakville Campus)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
1992 Decorative Paint Finishes, Ritins Studio, Lori Ritins (Instructor)
2002 Introduction to Encaustic Painting, Ontario College of Art and Design, Mike Hanson (Instructor)
2002 Encaustic Painting II, Haliburton School of the Arts, Susan Fisher (Instructor)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2012 Seasonal Influences, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2012 The Manse, Boutique Hotel, Picton, Ontario
2012 Memoires Blanche, Galerie Saint Dizier, Montreal, Quebec
2011 “Gifts from the Garden”, Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2011 "The Monumental Sublime", Elevation Gallery, Canmore , Alberta
2010 "Refuge", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 "Transitions", Towne Square Gallery, Oakville, Ontario
2009 "A Search for the Sublime", Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2009 "Awakenings", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2009 "Where Encaustic and Culinary Art Meet", Pinch on Main Street, Picton, Ontario
2008 "The Act of Seeing", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007 "Openings", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007 "Word", Verb Gallery, Kingston, Ontario
2007 "Symphony of Birches", Studio 22, Kingston, Ontario
2006 "Mystical Lakes", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2006 "Surfaces", Hangman Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Solo Show, Tango Palace, Toronto, Ontario
2005 "Away", Mad Dog Gallery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2004 Solo Show, Balzac's, the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Travels Through my Paintbox", Gallery 888, Toronto, Ontario

JURIED SHOWS
2011 Art on the Shelf, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2008-2010 Art of Flight, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007-2010 Scenes of Sandbanks, Black Prince Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2003-2010 Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto, Ontario
2004-2011 Art In the County, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2007 Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Group Show, Propeller Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006 33rd Annual Juried Art Show, Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario
2005 Toronto Inside art Show, Toronto, Ontario
2004 The Red Show, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003 The Longest Night, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2002 Past Tense, Living Art Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2011 24x24, Galerie Saint-Dizier, Montreal, Quebec
2011 Get Sm(art), Give Sm(art), Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2011 Sacred/Modern, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2009-2010 Art Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Galerie-Saint Dizier, Toronto, Ontario
2010 Galerie Saint -Dizier ,15th Anniversary Show, Montreal, Quebec
2005-2010 Prince Edward County Studio Tour, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2010 Artistic All Sorts, Gallery on Main, Westport, Ontario
2009 Five Rooms, Studio 22, Kingston, Ontario
2008 Cheeky Minis, Elevation Gallery, Canmore, Alberta
2008 1st Anniversary, ESPACE B51, Montreal, Quebec
2007 The Moose Roars, Elevation Gallery, Canmore , Alberta
2006 Home & Style Studio Tour, Melt Studio, Toronto, Ontario
2005 Give a Little Bit Show and Sale, Gardner Douglas Space, Toronto, Ontario
2004 Give a Little Bit, Studio Show and Sale, Melt Studio ,Toronto, Ontario

PRESS, AWARDS AND HONOURS
2011 Arabella Magazine, Spring Issue 2011, Artist to Collect
2010 Neighborhood Living, Artist Profile, Spring Issue
2009 Style at Home, Special Issue, Trends for 2009, January
2008 Ontario College of Art ad Design, Encaustic Demonstration, Toronto, Ontario
2007 Art selected by Dean of Law, University of Toronto for front of Christmas Card.
2007 Watershed Magazine, Summer Issue, “Susan Wallis-Waxing Poetic”.
2007 The Kingston Whig, June 16th edition, “ A Symphony for the Eyes”.
2006-2007 Board Member, Artist’s Network, Toronto, Ontario.
2006 CBC Radio One, the Current, Interview about AIDS Exhibit “Fragility and Hope”.
2006 Artwork featured in Style and Home, September Issue.
2006 Upfront Magazine, Summer Issue, “Wax+Pigment+Heat=Encaustic by Susan Wallis”
2006 Artwork featured in Style and Home, June issue.
2006 Book cover, “You Can Get There From Here”, School of Women’s Studies, York University
2005 Honourable Mention, Art in the County, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2005 CBC Radio, Fresh Air Program, Interview for the Riverdale Artwalk.
2005 May\June Cover for Express Magazine
2005 Winter Cover for the Riverside Quarterly.
2005 Winter Cover for the County magazine.
2004 Art in the County, Winner of Honourable Mention, Prince Edward County, Ontario
2004 City TV, Breakfast Television, Interview for the Riverdale Artwalk
2003 The Longest Night, Eastern Front Gallery, 3rd. Place Winner, Toronto, Ontario