Victoria Wallace – Biography and Creative Process
About the Artist
Victoria Wallace is a painter and mixed media artist and art educator, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Victoria has shown her paintings for over 40 years in art galleries, exhibitions, and art festivals in Toronto, Mississauga, Peterborough, Cobourg, Haliburton, Warkworth, online, and in her Peterborough art studio. Her work is held in private collections across Canada, the US, and Europe.
She operated a successful mural and specialty paint finish company in Toronto for over 25 years, which included work for film, television, and commercials, in schools, businesses, and countless private residences.
Victoria, primarily self-taught, is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, the Society of Canadian Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and a regular on the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour. She is a Golden Artist Educator for Golden Paints and an R&F Certified Encaustic Instructor with R&F Handmade Paints. Victoria has taught at the Haliburton School of Art and Design, Sir Sandford Fleming College (Peterborough), the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Art School of Peterborough, Station Gallery (Whitby), the York Artists' Guild (Toronto), Humber College Assembly Hall (Toronto), Lakefield College, with GoBoomerang (online), and many other public and private arts and educational institutions.
About Victoria’s Creative Process
Victoria's conceptual mixture of realism and fantasy in her painting practice was shaped by the ‘trompe l’oeil’ influence mastered during her many years of mural painting.
Her two primary choices of medium are acrylic and encaustic.
"I paint surrealistic narratives in my artwork by using realistic subject matter in fantastical situations. These narratives are played out in urban or natural landscapes, fairground settings, residential interiors, etc., in other words, anywhere and everywhere I am struck with creative inspiration.
I take great delight in seeing the covertly interjected humour and messages I’ve put into my artworks 'discovered' by the viewer."
She cites René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Diego Rivera, and several of the French Impressionists as her greatest influences.