This online exhibition has been created in memory of Tony Wallis who sadly left us on 20 April 2016.
Tony was among Artisan's first exhibitors. The first time was in 2010 with 'Journeys' with his partner Margaret Cooter. His beautiful black and white photographs took us through sweeping landscapes evoking journeys both physical and metaphorical.
2011 saw Tony return with fellow photographers Mary Pritchard, Sabine Thoele, Michael Colley and Pete Webster. Their group exhibition, 'Marrakesh and Mountains', brought the colour and vibrancy of the Atlas Mountains to NW10. During this trip Tony built on his extensive experience of photography which had already taken him around the world. The photographs he produced were wonderful, insightful images of the people, places and landscapes of an extraordinary area.
Tony was the 'Right on Kew' in 2012 with his solo exhibition of photographs of Kew Gardens . He had been photographing, exhibiting and publishing prints of the Gardens for over ten years and this was the first time the photographs have been shown as one collection.
In 2014 Tony teamed up with Elizabeth Blanchet and Quentin Ball for 'From the High Sierras to the Sea'. This exhibition saw him show work taken on his latest trip, this time to the High Sierras in California. It was serendipity that he found himself in this location having discovered that his best laid plans to visit Yosemite would not be possible. The High Sierras proved a worthy subject for Tony's talent. Here he captured the sweeping scenery and changing light of the breath-taking landscape for which this region is famous.
Tony was a founder member of the Queens Park Group of photographers, and for a number of years ran the Dissenters' Gallery, Kensal Green. He had exhibited extensively, and prizes include the RHS Plant Photographer of the Year Award in 2009 and a finalist in the International Garden Photographer of the Year, in 2013.
He was among my favourites when I did the last exhibition in 2015. Tony was not just an exhibitor but a friend and patron of the gallery from the beginning. His enthusiasm for other artists work was encouraging and supportive. It has been a privilege to have known him and to have his work Artisan's walls.