Sheila Wallis brings the skills of a traditional figurative painter to bear on a wide spectrum of contemporary and historical subject matter.
Cinematic film stills, photojournalism, boxing bouts, post mortem daguerreotypes and Victorian asylum photographs have all inspired a meticulous critique of lens-based imagery, inviting reconsideration of the public and the private, fiction and fact, the dispassionate lens and the hand of the painter.
Drawing on her experience of growing up catholic in Derry City in the north of Ireland during the height of the Troubles, Wallis’ work insinuates political awareness and redemptive creative transformation in equal measure.
Sheila Wallis won the Winsor and Newton Painting Prize, the Watts Painting Prize and the coveted Threadneedle Prize in 2009. In 2014 she was awarded the City and Guilds of London MA Fine Art Principal’s Prize.
Wallis works and lives in central London