Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Phoenix Magazine – Interview

Posted in News, Writings by Andy Wicks on 24 July, 2011

Andy Wicks with Fred (2009)

Photography: Loren Lazić-Duffy

What do you get if cross Facebook with an art gallery? The answer might well be Rise Art, a community based art platform that offers up and coming artists the chance to sell their work, and fans of art the opportunity to purchase original pieces at affordable prices from as little as £50.

Co-founder Scott Phillips, explains, “Rise Art helps anyone discover amazing work from a curated selection of talented artists. We work with top emerging artists, as chosen by our community and Board of Curators. Working directly with each artist to produce exclusive, original prints in strictly limited quantities’. Owning a piece of genuinely inspired and beautiful art has never been so easy or affordable with pieces starting at £50.”

Phillips continues “Whether you are a first time buyer or avid collector, Rise Art helps you discover and connect with a wide array of emerging artists in a fun, social platform.”

Words: Chloe Di Chiara (Phoenix Magazine, July 2011)

Andy Wicks, Alma Haser & Dai Roberts

Andy Wicks
Graduated from Middlesex University in 2006
What sort of person would buy your art?
I imagine someone maybe a young professional. Someone who engages with the city and urban landscapes but also wants something a bit more vivid and expressive.
What media do you use, what is the process?
I work in oil, but it’s very much a two-part process – my paintings consist of a background that dries for two weeks. Then I do a lot more desk-based painting, with much more detail, the top layer is a lot more flat.
What has Rise Art done for you?
They have been great. Making a print edition in collaboration with them is quite unique. Since then they have been quite good at backing me and promoting my exhibitions and just looking at different ways to connect with a market and the wider art world.
What have you been up to since leaving university?
I’ve been practicing and I haven’t really taken a break – I worked for an art framing company and met a lot of artists. I would recommend any kind of job to a student that can get your near to artists!
What’s next for you?
At the moment I am doing a year long residency at The Florence Trust [a studio space for selected artists set within a Grade 1 listed church], hopefully there will be opportunities from there.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist?
Just look at lots of exhibitions, find out what you like and enjoy, and start to develop your ideas and try things. When you’re young it’s good to not be too defined at that stage.
What inspires you?
I guess my current work, it’s very urban and about the city in a very abstract way. As part of the process of researching I walk along the river Thames with my camera.

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Rise Art Launch – Pop up exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 4 June, 2011

Last week Rise Art had their first offline exhibition to celebrate their launch and display the prints produced by myself and fellow Select Artists. The event was a great success and good chance to meet the other artists and discuss my work. Here are some photos from the event which was hosted at Luna & Curious in Old Street, alongside the prints was an installation of wall paintings, screen prints and sculpture by Dai Roberts.

Rise Art Select Artists Andy Wicks, Dai Roberts, Alma Haser and Erik Bendix

Dai Roberts' UNIT installation