Wallace is one of South Africa’s top watercolourists and he has been painting for over 50 years. He was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and worked as a printer before devoting his life to being a full time painter. He has great empathy with his fellow Africans and has worked particularly closely with the Xhosa tribe, depicting them in their traditional colourful robes.
Formerly an oil painter his portraiture was highly commended by a senior lecturer of the Chelsea School of Art in London years ago. Subsequently an article in the Sunday Times said; “It is startling to find that Wallace Hulley, an artist who concentrated on thick palette knife application in oil landscapes and figure studies some years ago, should have turned so easily and naturally to working with the more tenuous medium of watercolour.”
His work displays remarkable colour control and depth, and he imparts to his paintings a sense of dimension and feeling. He paints with clean, uncluttered watercolours which flow with ease from his brush; in fact it has been said that he draws with his brush; – a skill which only comes with years of experience and confidence.
Now an octogenarian, Wallace Hulley lives in Somerset West in the Cape, where he continues to paint and exhibit with the beautiful Helderberg Mountain in constant view.