Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Fade Away, Transition Gallery 3rd – 24th December

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 27 November, 2010

I have a painting in Fade Away opening Thursday 2nd December at Transition Gallery, lots of good painters on show. Take a look if your in the area this December.

“… there is a tremendous interest today in what the art historian Dario Gamboni has called ’potential images’, that is, ‘those established—in the realm of the virtual—by the artist but dependent on the beholder for their realization, and their property is to make the beholder aware—either painfully or enjoyably—of the active, subjective, nature of seeing.’” Barry Schwabsky, An Art of Transition.

Phil Allen

fade away is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions at Transition with guest curators focusing on the diversity of contemporary painting and exploring the ways in which artists are engaged with it.

fade away, which is curated by Alli Sharma, with an accompanying text by Barry Schwabsky, features paintings that oscillate between representation and abstraction. With widely diverse references and subject matter, they all share a strong material presence. Some of the artists work directly from the perceptible world; others use the representational as a point of departure into the abstract, or conversely, explore the abstract, which reveals itself as subject.  Whatever the creative enquiry, they make you think about paint and the act of painting. The dialogue between surface and illusion, representation and abstraction performs a paradoxical balancing act where surfaces are brushed, scored, erased, layered, revealed, dripped and collapsed. Compositions teeter on the verge of illegibility where images emerge and fade away.

Henny Acloque, Phillip Allen, Tim Bailey, Nathan Barlex, Mike Bartlett, Alice Browne,Lindsey Bull, Nick Carrick, Michelle Charles, Clem Crosby, Theo Cuff, Kaye Donachie,Sarah Douglas, Sarah Dwyer, Andrew Graves, Paul Housley, Thomas Hylander,Hannah Knox, Laura Lancaster, Robert Lang, Sarah Lederman, Eleanor Moreton,Mali Morris, Alex Gene Morrison, Nadia Mulder, Jill Mulleady, Mahali O’Hare, Scott O’Rourke, Joanna Pawlowska, Joanna Phelps, Benjamin Senior, Shaan Syed, Zack Thorne, Gavin Toye, Helen Turner, Claire Undy, David Webb, Robert Welch, Andy Wicks, Jo Wilmot.

Transition Gallery                                                                                                              Unit 25a (second floor) Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

3-24 December 2010, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm                                                           Private View: Thurs, 2 Dec, 6-9pm

New look website –

Posted in Website / Blog update by Andy Wicks on 16 November, 2010

I’ve given my website a new look/menu system and changed the gallery section to make it flow better. New paintings coming soon…

November Newsletter

Posted in News by Andy Wicks on 9 November, 2010

Andy Wicks - Igor - Oil on Polyester - 25.5 x 35.5 cm - 2010

You can see a copy of my latest email newsletter at the link below. Including… last chance to catch Superunknown, Painting as Prophecy interview and details of upcoming exhibition.

OpinionArted Judge

Posted in News by Andy Wicks on 9 November, 2010

I will be returning to my old school tomorrow as a judge of a new Bromley schools art competition. Looking forward to catching up with some old faces and seeing the students work.

Sixth form art students from across the borough will be competing next month in an exhibition designed to celebrate the work of young artists who have messages to deliver through their art.

The OpinionArted Prize is being held for the first time at Darrick Wood School, in Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington next Wednesday

At the event, the art will be on show and awards will be given, judged by a panel of experts including professional artists, Andy Wicks and Maggie Higginson and Arts Consultant, Giselle Richardson who has worked with esteemed galleries such as the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, the V&A and Victoria Miro (Gallery).

The exhibition, organised by art teachers at Darrick Wood School, came about as a way of encouraging pupils to think about their work beyond a school setting.

Art teacher Anna German, said: “I want pupils to have the opportunity to enjoy the accomplishment of being involved in a selective exhibition.

“When they leave school and move on to Art colleges the environment can be highly competitive and this is hopefully a chance for our pupils to get a taste for this and feel confident about striving for success”.

Judge Giselle Richardson said: “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to see the work of the next generation of artists”.

The OpinionArted exhibition is open to the public on Wednesday 10th November between 6 and 8pm at Darrick Wood School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, BR6 8ER.