Lois Wallace



Lois Wallace is a contemporary painter who trained at the Slade School of Art. She has exhibited in many countries including Berlin, Brussels, New York, Spain and the UK. Her work is in public and private collections in Europe, New Zealand and Miami and the UK. She lectured at Falmouth School of Art, Exeter School of Art and was Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University until 2017.


Known for her paintings on copper she is drawn to places that are inspired by the sublime, the epic and the overwhelming. Her work is concerned with depicting movement and stillness, presence and absence. The paintings are derived from photographs taken in the landscape. While there is a strong photographic element they are not depictions of the photographs; but evolve through the process of painting to create a narrative that is beautiful, but at the same time unsettling. Working in oil on unprimed copper, this lustrous support glows through the layers of paint to create light and atmosphere. The connection with the history of painting through the use of traditional techniques is important, and her narratives develop this with contemporary critique.



1977 – 1980 – Coventry Polytechnic B.A. Hons Fine Art 1st Class with Commendation in History of Art

1981 – 1982 – Slade School of Art, University College London, MFA

1982 – 1983 – Cheltenham Painting Fellowship, Gloucestershire College of Art and Design

1984 – 1985 – Birmingham Polytechnic, PGCE, Distinction


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions
2017​ Art on a Postcard, Secret Auction, Unit, London
Holiday Raab Gallery, Berlin
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London
Stimulus Municipal Art Gallery of Piraeus, Athens, Greece and Menier Gallery, London
​Art on a Postcard, Secret Auction, London
​Harley Art Gallery, Nottingham Prize winner
2016​​ Art on a Postcard, Maddox Gallery, London
Tarpey Gallery, Nottingham – Midlands Open Main Prize winner
This must be the place I never wanted to leave, Beep Wales International Painting Prize, Swansea College of Art touring to Undegun Gallery, Wrexham and Arcade Gallery, Cardiff
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London
Shenzhen International Biennial, Jinling Art Museum, China
​Staffordshire Open, Shire Hall, Stafford, Prize winner
​Coventry Open, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry
2015 Salon, Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum
Art on a Postcard Secret Auction, Soho Revue, London
International Painters, Raab Gallery, Berlin
London Group, The Cello Factory, London
Shenzhen International Biennial, Shenzhen Art Gallery, China
Summer Arts Prize, Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London
2014 Freedom of Travel, JRGallery, Berlin
Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham Castle Gallery, Prize winner
2013​​ The Ultimate Picture, Raab Gallery, Berlin
Until it breaks, Article Gallery, Birmingham City University
2012​ Works on Paper, Raab Gallery, Berlin
2011​ Wald Forest, Raab Gallery, Berlin
2010​ Article Gallery Exhibition, Wallace, Hagen, Newman,
Birmingham City University
​125 Years Centenary Exhibition Article Gallery, Birmingham City University
Tusche u. Aquarell, Raab Gallery, Berlin
​Birmingham Open Exhibition, Birmingham Art Gallery
2009-10​ Derby Open City Art Gallery
2009​ Weihnachtsausstellung, Raab Gallery, Berlin
Mixed media on paper, Raab Gallery, Berlin
​Art London, Vertigo Gallery
​Derby Open City Art Gallery
2008​ Art London, New York, Miami, Vertigo Gallery​
Art Karlsruhe, Germany, Raab Gallery
2007​ Traum/Dream, Raab Gallery, Berlin
Transitions Solo Exhibition Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
​Terra Incognita, Parade, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
​New Generation Arts Festival, Birmingham
2006​ Seeing Things Solo Exhibition Vertigo Gallery, London
​Art London Vertigo Gallery, London
2005​ Art London Mark Jason Fine Art, London
​All at once, together at the same time Colony Gallery, Birmingham
Manchester Academy, Oldham Art Gallery
​RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
​30 x 30 Vertigo Gallery, London
2004-05​ Espacio/Space Museo Barjola, Gijon, Asturias Spain and Midland Arts Centre Birmingham
2004​ Blur Mark Jason Fine Art, London
Gallery Artists Exhibition Mark Jason Fine Art, London
AF/New York Mark Jason Fine Art, London
Gallery Artists Exhibition, Vertigo Gallery, London
​Art London, Chelsea, Vertigo Gallery, London
Artfair Battersea, London. St. Pauls Gallery
BlowUp New Painting and Photoreality St. Pauls Gallery Birmingham
​Flip Side St. Pauls Gallery Birmingham
2003​ Comme Ca Art Gallery Manchester
2002-03​ British Airways Birmingham International Airport
2001​ Reispijn-Reislust Exhibition Amsterdam
​rca secret The Gulbenkian Galleries Royal College of Art
1998​ Printmakers Exhibition Stockport Art Gallery and Dukes Oak Gallery
1997 ​Absolute Secret Royal College of Art London
​30 Years of Cheltenham Fellows Works on Paper Pittville Gallery Cheltenham
1997-99 Reading the Small Print The City Art Gallery Leicester Touring Exhibition
1996​ The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
1995 ​Beatrice Royal Art Gallery Hampshire
​Laing Competition Salford Art Gallery and Mall Galleries London
1994​ Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Art London
​Return to Beauty Roy Miles Gallery London
​Hunting Art Prize Royal College of Art London
​The Workshop Gallery Leicestershire
1993​ Hunting Art Prize Mall Galleries London and Victoria Art Gallery Bath
​Laing Competition Royal Birmingham Society of Arts and Mall Galleries London
​Shah Alam Art Gallery Malaysia
​Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts China
1992​ The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London
​Open Exhibition Herbert Art Gallery Coventry
​Summer Exhibition The Alberti Gallery London
​BP Oil Europe Brussels
​Laing Competition Royal Birmingham Society of Arts and Mall Galleries London
​Regional and National Prize winner
​The Bow House Gallery London
1992​ Young European Artists’ Selected Works BP Gallery Brussels
1991​ British Art Month Roy Miles Gallery London
1990​ Solo Show Concourse Gallery Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
1990-97​ Open Exhibition Manchester City Art Gallery
1989​ Fine Art Royal Birmingham Society of Arts
1983​Solo Show Monks Hall Museum Salford
​Fine Art Fellow’s Gloucestershire College of Art Cheltenham
1982​Christies Inaugural Exhibition Christies London
​Harrison McCann Agency London
​Developments Herbert Art Gallery Coventry
Solo Show The Bartlett Gallery University College London
1981​Stowells Trophy Royal Academy of Art
1980​Ikon Gallery Birmingham


Awards and Scholarships
2017​ Welbeck prize
2016​ Schott Uk prize
2015​ Ian Robinson prize
2002​ Peel Holdings Award
1992​ Laing Regional prize
1992​ Laing National Award
1985​ Louisa Ann Ryland Scholarship


2016 ​Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2016: A Selection from the 248th Royal Academy of Art by Richard Wilson (Artist), Richard Davey (Author) ISBN – 9781910350522
2015​ Shenzhen International Biennial Published by Jilin Fine Arts Press, China
Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2015: A Selection from the 247th Royal Academy of Art By Michael Craig-Martin (Author), Richard Davey (Author)
The London Group Exhibition catalogue. Published in Great Britain in 2015
ISBN 978-0- 9927089-3-1
2009​ New Works, Mixed media on paper, Raab Gallery, Berlin
2008​ The International Journal of the Arts in Society Volume 3, Number 3 ISSN; 1833-1866 Published Melbourne, Australia by Common Ground Publishing
​Conference presentation: An Exploration of the Aesthetic Experience of Landscape Defined by Tourism: Sublime Destinations 3rd International Conference of the Arts in Society
2007​ Parade publication catalogue Angel Row Gallery Nottingham
2007​ Celeste Art Prize 2007
2006 ​Celeste Art Prize 2006
2006 ​Seeing Things recent paintings catalogue Vertigo Gallery London
ISBN 1–903 771–14–5
2005 ​Exhibition catalogue essay written by Lois Wallace.
ISBN 1860502040. The Giszipchec Series Jayne Bingham. Universidad de Concepcion. Chile. April 2005
2004 ​Espacio/Space publication catalogue ‘On transcience and the monumental’ written by Matt Price.
Blow Up new Painting and Photoreality. St Pauls Gallery catalogue
1997​30 Years of Cheltenham Fellows publication/catalogue
1996​European Art 96 International Exhibition in Book form. Published by European Art Publications. London
1994​A Return to Beauty. Roy Miles Gallery London publication.​

Selected Bibliography
2007​a-n Magazine January 2007 Terra Incognita Parade Angel Row Gallery Nottingham
​Terra Incognita Saatchi-gallery review written by Matt Price
2004-5​a-n Magazine February 2005 ‘Space’ written by Mona Casey
​Espacio/Space publication catalogue essay written by Matt Price
Making room for Space at MAC.
BBC Birmingham November 2004. Mark Hancock
Art Review. ArtPreview International art and culture guide.
Essential international art events in November. Hannah Shuckburgh
Space/Espacio. Birmingham Post 23 December 2004. Terry Grimley
elcomercio 7th October 2004
La Nueva Espana en Gijon 17th September 2004
La Voz de Asturias 16th September 2004
BlowUp New Painting and Photoreality. St. Pauls Gallery catalogue
Review Flash Art, VolXXXVII, No.235,
March-April 2004, p 45, ISSN 0394 1493. Matt Price​


Public and Corporate Collections
BP Oil Europe Headquarters Brussels
Kelso Consulting London
Birmingham City University


Private Collections
​New Zealand

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top