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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

André Wallace (b. 1947)

Sculptor born in Somerset where he attended the local school of art, 1964–67, before moving on to the Liverpool College of Art, 1967–70, Royal Academy Schools, 1970–71, and Royal College of Art, 1971–73. In 1974 he was awarded the Sainsbury Prize for Sculpture. He has shown at the Royal Academy since 1973 and has taken part in many mixed exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad. His solo exhibitions include Mercury Gallery, London, 1975, 1977 and 2000; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, 1978; Cartwright Hall, Bradford, 1983 and 2000; Drumcroon Gallery, Wigan, 1994; and Stephen Lacey Gallery, London, 2001. His work, which is usually figurative and characterised by smoothly modelled, simplified forms, has often been commissioned for public spaces and created in collaboration with architects, developers and councils. Public commissions include Man with Pigeons, 1976, Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne; The Whisper, 1984, polyester resin, Southend Pond, Bromley Road, London, and bronze, Milton Keynes public library; Thomas Telford, 1986, Telford Civic Square; Wind of Change, 1989, Exchange Quay, Salford, and Harbour Exchange, Limeharbour, London; Walking Women, 1992, Wimbledon town centre; Siren, 1995, and River God, 1996, Newcastle Quays, Newcastle upon Tyne; Helmsman, 1996, Pimlico Gardens, London; Boatman, 2004–05, Chepstow, Monmouthshire; Head and Thinking Man, 2006–07, University of Wolverhampton Learning Centre; and Roller Skater, 2010, Moreton Street, Pimlico, London. Wallace is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

Principal source: information from the sculptor.

Bibliography: T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of Kensington and Chelsea with Westminster South-West, Watford, 2023, pp. 461–62, 463–64; T. Cavanagh, Public Sculpture of South London, Liverpool, 2007, pp. 168–69; F. Lloyd et al, Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London, Liverpool, 2011, pp. 172, 180; G.T. Noszlopy and F. Waterhouse, Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, Liverpool, 2010, pp. 141–43; Royal Society of Sculptors website; P. Usherwood et al, Public Sculpture of North-East England, Liverpool, 2000, pp. 107–08, 113; André Wallace website.

Terry Cavanagh November 2022