Alasdair Wallace, Walled Cities, acrylic on canvas, 122 x 135 cm, 2016

John Kinross Scholar in 1991


How did the experience affect you as an individual?
In the final term of the final year at GSA, an abrupt exit from the ivory tower was imminent. The Kinross Scholarship represented a continuation and an encouragement into becoming an artist in the real world. It tapered the blow of art-school life shuddering to a halt.


What was the impact on your practice?
I was already entranced by Italian art of the tre/quattrocento via the GSA library. The opportunity to explore such work for real and in historical contexts was totally energising. I did a lot of wandering and filled a lot of sketchbooks.


What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
On my return I got the impression that the Kinross committee maybe felt a little short changed by the accession of a few pen and ink drawings. But the roving around in Tuscany and Umbria – drawing and thinking – fuelled my sense of
imagery for years to come.

Alasdair Wallace, St Jerome in the Wilderness, RSA Collection

I retain a love of and feel a connection to Italy and to the art of those early renaissance centuries. It is still present in my current work.