ALBERT WALLACE

Born in 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica, Albert now lives and works in Birmingham, UK. He has worked for over 25 years developing the idea that you can use leather to mimic the likeness of a canvas painting without applying paint, and yet still achieve unimaginable, beautiful art.

In 1987 he was introduced to leather by his then Art & Technology class at school in Jamaica. He remembers his art teacher giving the class a piece of leather and saying they should develop a design that could be used to create a belt or bag or even a key ring. Albert drew a picture and asked whether he could shade it. He was told it couldn’t be done, so undeterred Albert decided that he would go home and experiment with his design. Little did he know that this would be the beginning of a journey which saw him exploring, developing and promoting a different kind of thinking in how leather could be seen as a medium for artists to utilise and manipulate. Also that it could be respected as a true surface for a canvas and as a visual expression of art rather than craft. The rest as they say is history!