Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Painting backgrounds, John Martin and Newcastle

Posted in Artists, Exhibitions, Paintings by Andy Wicks on 9 March, 2011

I was intending to upload a few images of the grounds of current work in progress before I worked over the top, I was going to write how they are reminiscent of John Martin’s swirling apocalyptic sky’s. That was a couple of weeks ago and the thought past, that is until I saw an article on Martin’s (Guardian 4th March 2011) recently opened survey at the Laing Art Gallery is Newcastle.

John Martin The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-1853

So here saved from that huge blog in the sky are the intended images –

Usually created in a single sitting these grounds are made from a careful mix of a resin medium, thinned oil paints and thinners. Tipped and poured the paint dissipates into the resin, creating glitches as the paint moves to find space to settle. Some areas show through as pure paint,  some as pure resin showing the raw canvas beneath while others show a combination with paint sunk into the resin as if submerged in water.

I hope to go to Newcastle to see the John Martin before it closes in June, its a great city and not only is there the Laing and the Baltic but  also Workplace Gallery (in Gateshead) which is well worth a visit. If you go between 5-26 May make sure you visit Fade Away at Gallery North touring from Transition and featuring my painting “Karl”.

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