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Anne Wallace: Strange Ways

In the first major survey exhibition of her work, the Brisbane artist makes the ordinary look extraordinary.
By Sarah Ward
December 09, 2019
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Anne Wallace: Strange Ways

In the first major survey exhibition of her work, the Brisbane artist makes the ordinary look extraordinary.
By Sarah Ward
December 09, 2019
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Until Sunday, February 23, 2020, QUT Art Museum's walls will be filled with vibrant images — spanning domestic scenes, the tension of awkward moments, lush greenery and Brisbane bands. No one can accuse Anne Wallace of painting the same thing twice, although her art shares a common feeling. When you're staring at a woman reclining in an Eames chair, peering through a window at hands holding a record or seeing the faces of The Go-Betweens, you're looking at images that appear both ordinary and extraordinary.

That's all by design, with the Brisbane artist capturing what lingers beneath average and everyday sights. The fruit of her labour is all on display at Anne Wallace: Strange Ways, which marks the first major survey exhibition of her work — including more than 80 pieces created across three decades.

Installation view of 'Anne Wallace: Strange Ways' (9 November 2019 - 23 February 2020), QUT Art Museum, 2019. Image copyright Carl Warner.

Expect nods to John Lennon, The Beatles and Sylvia Plath, too, as well as 50s cinema and London in the 80s.

Anne Wallace: Strange Ways is on display from Tuesday–Sunday, with the QUT Art Museum open from 10am–5pm Tuesday–Friday and 12–4pm Saturday–Sunday.

Top image: Anne Wallace, Talking Cure 2010, oil on canvas. Collection of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Brisbane.

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