1925 – 2005.
Marjorie Wallace was born in Edinburgh in 1925. Training at the Edinburgh College of Art, Marjorie made such an impression with her early work that she became the youngest person to be elected to the Royal Scottish Academy of Art.
In 1953, after an extensive European tour, she was working in Paris when she met and married the writer Jan Rabie and moved to South Africa.
In 1954 they settled at Onrus, near Hermanus, and for decades they held open house for a stream of writers, artists, poets, film and theatre producers and commentators such as Uys Krige, Ingrid Jonker and Breyten Breytenbach to name a few. Wallace supported her husband, Jan in what he saw as his struggle on behalf of Afrikaans and his stand against apartheid and censorship.
Wallace immersed in the South African landscape reflected it clearly in her paintings, covering a vast variety of themes, from landscapes to city-scapes to still-life work, but usually including people in all types of situations.
After her first solo-exhibition in 1955, Wallace was moved to the front ranks of South African art, a position she held to the end of her life. Among other distinctions she was awarded prizes at the Quadrennial Exhibitions in 1960 and 1964, and another at the 1981 Republic Festival exhibition.
Today, her works are included in numerous public and private collections.
She passed away in June 2005