Wallace, Marjorie (1925 – 2005)
Marjorie Wallace was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied art at the Edinburgh College of Art from
1942 – 1947. She made such an impression with her early work that she became the youngest person
to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy of Art. She was awarded a travelling scholarship to Paris,
where she married the Afrikaans writer, Jan Rabie. They came to South Africa in 1955, and settled in
Vermont, a South Western Cape coastal village in 1970.
Marjorie Wallace’s total identification with South Africa is reflected in her paintings, which cover a wide
variety of themes, from landscapes to cityscapes, to still life work, but usually also including people in all
types of situations.
Wallace’s first solo exhibition in 1955 evoked critical praise and moved her to the front ranks of South
African art. Among her various distinctions she was awarded prizes at the Quadrennial Exhibitions in
1960 and 1964, and another at the 1981 Republic Festival. Today her works are included in numerous
public and private collections.
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