Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Alan Magee ‘Agents of change’, Studio 1.1 – Thursday 26th July

Posted in Artists by Andy Wicks on 23 July, 2012

Studio mate and fellow Florence Trust Alumni Alan Magee will be taking part in Studio 1.1’s 30 Artists in 30 Days on Thursday 26th July. Each artist will be given a solo show to be set up and ready by noon each day and a Private View from 6 – 9pm (and of course removed to make way for the next show the day after).

Studio 1.1
57a Redchurch Street
London E2 7DJ

Alan Magee, Recoil, Repurposed Dartboard, 2012

Magee’s practice explores the sculptural potential of objects, and the relationship between artistic process and everyday life.  As he modifies objects, their function is negated.  They then oscillate between their original and altered states, remaining in the condition of not quite right, yet not quite wrong.

One can think of his works in a way that traverses traditional art processes and absurdist pottering. The works aim to bring sensitivity to both physical materials and the hidden facets of human existence.

The casual ways in which we assert ourselves over the things that surround us are one of the main driving points in his practice. Combined with his interest in utility and waste, labour and consequence he investigates the use, or usefulness of the artist and the object.

‘Agents of Change’ install shot

Beached – Sculpture voyage and install

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 15 July, 2012

My sculpture ‘Beached’ has been installed at WW Gallery’s Patio Project for the last week exposed to the same harsh British summer we’ve all been subjected to. I prefabricated the sculpture in my studio and instead of hiring a van decided to transport all 50 foots worth of timber the 30 minute walk from studio to site by hand. Roping in some muscle for hire we broken it down into parts, strapped it to a couple of dollies and started our journey. Below are some shots of her maiden voyage through to reconstruction at the Patio Project.

Beached is viewable 24/7 at 30 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN until 29th July.

Many thanks goes to the generous support of Alan Magee for his logistical prowess and muscle along with the keen eye and steady hand of Marion May for her excellent documentation of this wacky adventure.

Website updated with 2012 works

Posted in Paintings, Website / Blog update by Andy Wicks on 13 July, 2012

I’ve updated my website with some new works from the past few months you can see a selection below with more on

Hell and High Water I

Hell and High Water IV

Hell and High Water VIII

Plane Sight VIII

Plane Sight IX

Deborah House Open Studios 7 & 8th July

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Wicks on 7 July, 2012

I will be taking part in the Deborah House Open studio this weekend which will be the first chance for people on mass to check out my new studio since I moved in a couple of months back. Along with my studiomate Alan Magee and neighbours from across the 3 floors we will be open Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July. If you can’t make it over the weekend I’m more than happy to show people round by appointment.

Alan Magee / Andy Wicks

Deborah House
Retreat Place,
E9 6RH

Saturday 7th 12 – 7pm
Sunday 8th 12 – 6pm

Florence Trust 2012 Exhibition

Posted in Florence Trust by Andy Wicks on 2 July, 2012

This years Florence Trust artists have their exhibition opening this week which marks the end of their year spent at St Saviours. The private view is the same night as my WW Gallery Patio Project opening which had left me in a tricky position of trying to be in two places at once, thankfully we’ve decided to have my opening from 6-7pm with the viewing party then going on mass to the Florence Trust. Following my brilliant time at the Florence Trust (it was my turn this time last year) I can highly recommend the summer show as a place to discover dynamic and engaging work in a stunning grade one listed building.