551 E. Riverside Dr. No. 39
Ontario, CA 91761
1-213-344-6496 (text your email please)
Wallace Wyss grew up in Detroit, an automaker's town. At first, he had a literary bent.
The first car to turn his head from poetry was the Bizzarrini. Now it's 50 years later and he's finally depicting them, along with other sports cars, mostly postwar but occasionally he celebrates art deco streamline moderne prewar. His medium is acrylic oil on paper or canvas.
His approach is to first capture the form but then to give just a hint of the ambiance he photographed the car in, so you can catch some of the flavor of the event (Pebble Beach, the track, etc,). He never wants the background to be too distracting. Most of his paintings are from photographs he has taken himself , so, long before the painting starts, he is planning the composition.
Recently he is taking heed of Ansel Adams' creed of "painting with light" and shooting his ref. portraits of subject cars at sunrise, when he says "nature does nearly all the work."
Wallace Wyss' work has been commissioned by private collectors worldwide, and is represented in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.