Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Leanne Bell Gonczarow and Ian Gonczarow – Moscow There and Back

Posted in Artists, News by Andy Wicks on 26 August, 2012

Leanne Bell Gonczarow and Ian Gonczarow have spent the last 5 week in residence at OMT Gallery, part of Enclave in Deptford. Having just returned from living and working for the past 3 years in Moscow they have been using their time in the gallery to reflect on their experiences within a tough political and economic environment. The resulting work is now installed in the gallery until Friday 31st August.

Tuesday – Thursday 10 – 6pm and until 8.30pm Friday as part of South London Art Map’s Last Fridays.

Enclave UNIT 9
Resolution Way
Deptford
London
SE8 4NT

I have agreed to follow on from Ian and Leanne as 2013 Artist in Residence next summer. I plan on taking advantage of Enclave’s proximity to Deptford Creek and the Greenwich Peninsula to further investigate this raw and ever changing part of the Thames bankside. I’m looking forward to having a base from which to explore this area in more depth by foot and sail/rowing craft (TBC) to produce a body of work which will result in a solo show at the end of my time in the gallery.

OMT Gallery Work in Progress (July 2012)

 

Leanne Bell Gonczarow – Time Trickles Here, 2011

Ian Gonczarow, Victory Day – 2012

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Ross Walker

Posted in Artists by Andy Wicks on 9 August, 2012

I managed to catch Ross’s show at Studio 1.1 last month as part of their 30 Artists in 30 days and found myself admiring his print editions on his website only last week. Today i stumbled across a fundraising page (not entirely sure how i found this) in which Ross is looking to raise money to fund him through Turps Banana magazine’s 1st year of their Art School Programme. In exchange for a small amount of money he’s offering a selection of different prints and paintings and while I’m not really in a position to buy more artwork at the moment I couldn’t say no to £60 for one of the very prints I was looking at last week.

Ross Walker – Untitled, Archival inks on 300g cotton paper, 42 x 29 cm, 2012

While we’ve never met I felt a want to get involved and support Ross’s efforts as i had a similar dilemma when I was accepted to the Florence Trust, needing time to make the most of the opportunity without working every hour under the sun to pay for it (I offered a selection of paintings each priced at a months studio rent).

So if you like what you see and want to support an artist you could do far worse than click on the following link –

http://www.sponsume.com/project/funding-12-month-studio-programme

Ross Walker – Untitled, Archival inks on 300g cotton paper, 42 x 29 cm, 2012

David Northedge – Asphalt Shuffle

Posted in Artists by Andy Wicks on 9 August, 2012

David Northedge, Untitled (taken from Asphalt Shuffle series) 60 x 50 cm, Oil & Acrylic on Plexiglass

I recently visited David Northedge’s studio to see his new paintings. Having exhibited together on a number of occasions and co-curated Superunknown (Edel Assanti – 2010) I’ve had a good overview of the developments in David’s practice. Figurative elements have come and gone in recent years and the new work sees a return to an aesthetic I’d first seen whilst we meet on our BA course.

The new series of paintings Asphalt Shuffle are informed from a recent road trip through California and the veneer of Americana, bold and brash while elegant and polished. The resulting paintings are slickly layered on plexiglass with underpainting on the reverse informing the completed surface image.