Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Painting-Versus-Object, Standpoint Gallery 9th Nov – 8th Dec

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 13 November, 2012

I’m currently showing new paintings in the latest Standpoint Gallery exhibition ‘Painting Versus Object’ which opened last week. It ‘looks particularly at the territory negotiated between painting, painters, objects and the world they inhabit’, with works from Sean Edwards, John Holland, Clare Mitten, Katja Pudor, Mia Taylor as well as my own.

Thanks to all those that made it to the opening, it was a great busy night and first airing for the new paintings from the Skeleton Architecture series which were well received. The exhibition continues for another month so if you find yourself in the area, do take a look.

Sean Edwards ‘ Painting of Empty RS Box’ 2008 Oil on photocopy on board

The exhibition is on until 8th December, open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6pm.

Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet Street
N1 6HD


Sluice 2012 – October 22nd – 24th.

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 23 October, 2012

The 2012 edition of Sluice art fair will manifest itself as a publication and an exhibition in which all of the work will be auctioned. The whole event will function as a fundraiser for Sluice art fair 2013. The Sluice publication will be launched on the evening the auction draws to a close on the 24th October at HANMI GALLERY in Fitzrovia, London.

I have donated my painting Otto to the auction which is available to view from Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th October at Hanmi Gallery.

Edwina Ashton / Kerim Aytac / Cat Bagg / Stuart Barnes / David Blandy / Matthew Burrows / Suzanne Bybee / Michael Callaghan / Cordelia Cembrowicz / Marco Chiandetti / Ami Clarke / Toby Clarkson / Wayne Clough / Paul Cole / Gemma Cossey / Emma Cousin / Emma Coyle / Rosalind Davis / David Dipré / Annabel Dover / Alastair Duncan / Brian Dupont / Bella Easton / Karl England / Susan Francis / Alistair Gentry / Steph Goodger / Gabriel Hartley / Jeremy Hutchison / Phil Illingworth / Tom Juneau / Natasha Kahn / Rob Leech / Hayley Lock / Cathy Lomax / Iavor Lubomirov / Ian Maslen / James McMeakin / Whitney McVeigh Hugh Mendes / Phoebe Mitchell / Eleanor Morgan / Emma Molony / Steve Nelson / Michaela Nettell / Kim L Pace / Kate Keara Pelen / Ryan Riddington / Bobby Sayers / Brian Sayers / Mark Scott-Wood / Robin Seir / Andrew Seto / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Annabel Tilley / Kirsty Tinkler / Andy Wicks / Rachel Wilberforce

22nd – 24th October 2012 / 12 – 6pm
PV 24th 6 – 9pm

30 Maple Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6HA

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

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

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 –

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.

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.