My name is Wallace and the art I create is based on 4 points of interest. Observe, Recognize, Sympathize and React. I read a lot on history, watch the political spectrum and indulge in Pop culture. These are my observation points. I then recognize pros and cons of the social system, but being a pessimist a bit I relate to the cons. I then sympathize. I’ve always been for the under-dog, the poor, the working man, People of color and the bullied of the materialistic society. I then react with my art and creations. As far as inspiration on a visual sense I’m drawn to industrial environments, layers of old street art, vintage imagery of past cultures and past chaos of my own life. On the other side of the coin I love blatantly bright colors, graphics with a bold pop feel, and modern minimal settings. The work I compose is an eccentric combination of these two vastly different areas of artistic visions.
My artistic background did not come from study books or school, I was actually pre-med at UC Santa Barbara and then traveled to Europe after graduation. The affinity to biology, math and science ended abruptly when I was introduced to art museums, fashion and new exciting creative processes. I came back from Europe and blew into the clothing business for the next 17 years. Graphics became a prominent part of my life through creating clothing lines with my partner. Strong bold imagery had, and still has, my name written all over it. My process is to use pieces of canvas sewed up to produce a larger canvas. This is a deconstructive style and has a great meaning to me by putting my own shredded pieces of my life together again. My art is created with mixed application of house and spray paint, and oil pastels. I create on the ground so I’m constantly walking and scraping up the piece while working. Mistakes during the process of painting were a great burden to me in the past, but now of a great importance to the overall movement.
“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.” – Gustave Flaubert 1861
I am anything but regular and my life has become much more orderly with recovery from past demons of recklessness. Sobriety has made my work ethic and creativity soar exponentially and made my artistic life worth living every minute. The art I have created lately has more depth and meaning to me. This is in direct correlation to my life’s mistakes and the changes I have made to make it better.
I love to create.