Ken Wallace (1945-2023) attended the Alberta College of Art, and the Banff School of Fine Arts on scholarship. He graduated with honours in animation and painting from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) in 1973. He went on to teach at his alma mater for almost 30 years in addition to his long career as an artist. For a time he also taught painting and drawing at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Education and Department of Fine Arts, Continuing Studies.
In 2010 Wallace was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Painting, and in 2018 he was bestowed Professor Emeritus at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His work is represented in numerous prestigious private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada Council Art Bank, CBC, National Gallery of Canada, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Regarding landscape painting, Wallace stated: "Meaning in art is increasingly externalized by theoretical constructs that have made it difficult for the viewer to form personal responses. However, human experience is inseparable from nature, therefore landscape painting should be looked at through the duality of both physical existence and the meaning of nature in the subconscious. These landscapes are not of specific locations rather they are representations of the idea of nature for contemplation."