Ian Wallace (b. 1943, Shoreham, England) has lived in Canada since 1944 and in Vancouver since 1952. Wallace has played a critical role in the development of contemporary art since the late 1960s with work that is as intellectually rigorous as it is formally engaging. He has cultivated a unique visual language that reflects on the contradictions of modern life and the philosophical aims of the avant-garde. Wallace questions the ambitions of modernism through the process of image-making, often by inserting the photographic image into the space of monochrome painting, thus disrupting the pictorial expectations associated with both mediums through their juxtaposition.

He received his Master's degree in Art History from the University of British Columbia in 1968 where he taught in the Department of Fine Arts from 1967 to 1970 and his students included Jeff Wall and Rodney Graham. He had a significant teaching career at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design from 1972 to 1998 where his role as a teacher has had a profound impact on several generations of Vancouver artists and his teaching strategies have been crucial to his own practice as well as to his continued engagement as an art historian. In addition to his art practice, Wallace has published extensively in the field of critical writing, contributing important scholarship to Canadian art history. Wallace continues to be a driving force and, along with his contemporaries, has brought international attention to Vancouver's dynamic art community.

Wallace has exhibited his work extensively, most recently in solo exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); Kunsthalle fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2008); Kunsthalle Zurich (2008); Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2005); Hamburg Kunstverein (1998); University of British Columbia Fine Arts Gallery, Vancouver (1990); Vancouver Art Gallery (1988); and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1975) as well as in group exhibitions at the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2008); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2008); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2004); Musée d'Art Modern et Contemporain, Geneva (2001); Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal (1995); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1995); Museum of Modern Art, New York (1995); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1991); Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart (1989); and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1973) among others. Wallace was recognized with the Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2009, Canada's Governor General's Award in Visual Art in 2004, and a VIVA Award of Honour in 1997. His work is held in prominent public and private collections internationally and he is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Greta Meert.