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This website is created by, and is a portfolio of selected works by Adam Wallace, who is engine and energy behind Wallace Design. It is a personal showcase of my ideas and ability. I have been drawing ever since I was a child. One of my earliest memories is of being in an art class in my infants school, and deciding to paint a picture of a toy tank I had at home. I can remember having this absolutely clear picture of it in my mind......down to the very last detail....and being really surprised and disapointed when my effort was just the normal mass of blobs and squiggles produced by five year-olds the world over. I must have been doing something right, as I won the art prize. I guess since then I never really looked back.
The piece above is a vector illustration of the new Bauhaus building in Berlin. For me this is the natural choice for an introductory image, since the Bauhaus is in many ways the birthplace of modern design. All of us working within creative industries today are the inheritors of the concepts developed in the Bauhaus
Is the first piece I made in Adobe Illustrator, introducing myself to the pen tool, shapes, etc, etc. It sat for about a year on my harddrive as an outline, as I had moved onto other things, and it seemed to have served its place as an introductory exercise. That is until one evening with nothing better to do I decided to give it fill and colour. The end result has a decidedly Cubist feel to it, which I like. City skylines and urban enviroments have always attracted me, as much of my work demonstrates
Red City Dawn : Under a Blood Red Sky
These two images were created on Photoshop as an attempt at abstraction, again following the urban landscape theme; something I am attracted to -possibly as a result of living most of my adult life in cities, even though I was born and raised deep in the countryside. Of the two, my preference is for "Red City Dawn", unsurprisingly, since it was a refinement of the original piece.
A piece trying to describe the urban landscape, how small islands of green are sandwiched between endless stretches of barreb concrete, drowning out its naturality, while at the same time providing an oasis of calm in the middle of urban chaos.
City Skyline (with clouds)
Two more pieces following on with my urban landscape theme. These were originally Illustrator vector art pieces, using blends to create the multiple colour bands. The urban landscapes are made from the skylines of real cities, tracing round the edges of the image using the pen tool and turning the result into a shape.
They have been amalgamated together to produce a "unversal city"
Wheels of Industry
Abstract piece on interdependence, & what it takes for me to be putting up work on the net….Heavy Industry.
It may be dirty, sometimes ugly, but life before it was a hell of a lot dirtier, uglier & shorter.
As for global warming…...The sun, and especially the prevalence or lack of sunspots, not CO2, despite the doom n' gloom predictions, is the major engine of climate change. At the moment we are in a period of ZERO sunspot activity, similar to the mid 19th century, which produced a period known as the "Mini Ice-Age". Last winter was the coldest for 30 years, & reversed over a century of temperature change.
Blaming it on man made emissions is a convenient way to prepare populations for massive increases in energy costs now that "peak oil" has arrived. Do not be mistaken, I am NOT arguing for a reduction in environmental laws, or abandoning the development of alternative energy. The destruction caused by Exxon Valdez & other major oil-spills is reason enough for legislating to protect our wildernesses & the animals and birds that live there from man's activity. The reliance of Western nations on imported oil, especially from the Middle East creates a dangerous dependency & necessitates enormous military spending to ensure our oil supplies are safe. Alternative energy sources that reduce this dependency should be a huge priority in this century.
If you still believe CO2 emissions is causing global warming, go to Google Earth. Look up some of the largest urban areas you can think of LA, Shanghai or the US East Coast conurbations. Then go look at the size of the Pacific Ocean, or Continental Russia from Moscow to Vladivostock. Human presence on earth is a blip, & the idea that we could have MORE influence over climate than the giant ball of flaming fusion energy we orbit every 24 hours is, frankly absurd. The sun is so large that if it were to be represented by a basketball, at the same scale the earth is smaller than a pea]. It may not be politically correct to say it -but I rarely am PC but man made global warming is just hot air, [lol], designed to prepare Western industrialised nations for the major reductions in energy availability and soaring fuel prices that are inevitably going to occur early in this 21st century.
Google sunspots and climate change to discover more.
With ever more video games of modern war, do kids grow up thinking modern war is like a video game…..........until they discover on the battlefield you only have one life. On the other hand, if you watch a few videos on YouTube of young, especially American soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan, their attitudes in combat seem to be as if they are playing a video game. Whether this is a stress control mechanism I don't know. I think it probably is. When you face the reality of people trying to kill you every day, you cannot afford the luxury of pondering on the morality of your orders.
You simply have to kill or be killed, a fact that generals and politicians have known and exploited in order to keep armies fighting for centuries
Merry Christmas One and All
Every year it seems Christmas comes earlier, and is ever more chanelled away from a time of reflection on the needs of others, into a meaningless celebration of mass-consumption. The Christmas message of hope, that there might be "peace on earth to all mankind", is subverted into a month long orgy of excess, teaching our children to desire more and think less. I created this image as an "anti-Christmas card", to reflect on some of the causes and results of our reckless consumerism, and as a reminder that behind the carefully crafted facade of tinsel and snowmen, feasting and fun, presented to the West by our corporate media, these images of pain are the reality of the 25th of December for much of the world, and ultimately our over consumption is the cause of extremes of poverty & wealth.
The grandfather of revolution, rendered in delicious old-school halftones. This piece is available as hoody, t-shirt or stickers here, or as a poster with a hot pink background, here
A synthesis of old school Soviet propaganda posters with the iconic Obama election campaign symbol. Another Illustrator piece - I love that rich vector goodness!
What I really like about this piece is that its a mirror. Its tells viewers with polarised views what they want to hear. For those on the right, Obama is the next in line from the school of Marxism, intent on wrecking free-spirit Americanism and introducing Eastern Bloc socialism. For those on the left, Obama is inheritor of the finest traditions of revolution and socialism initiated by Lenin in 1917, the cruel but righteous defence by Stalin against the fascist counter-attack, and now brought to life in the United States by the Bill Ayers, the Weathermen and Barak Obama.
Realistically I think what it really says is appearences are deceiving; never more so when it comes to politicians.