Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Plastic Shanty Town

Posted in Florence Trust by Andy Wicks on 24 February, 2011

In a quest to keep warm this winter at the Florence Trust, my fellow artists and I have constructed individual plastic roofs above our studio spaces. It started off slowly, but now all but one artist is under plastic. While it could be argued that they result in the lose of ambience and scale of the building, it is incredibly cold, the coldest cold I have experienced. Now with a roof I’m no longer needing to wear head to toe thermals, 4 pairs of trousers and numerous t-shirts, jumpers and coats. It actually makes a pleasant working environment, a warm bubble in an otherwise ice cold, but beautiful grade 1 listed building.

It’s been said amongst my fellow artists that each roof shows a bit of its owners personally, that’s certainly complimentary for the good ones, Justin Eagle, Alan Magee and Makihara have built striking and considered structures. While reading too much into my roof could describe someone a bit slap dash and heavily creased..

Anyway, the said roofs didn’t go unnoticed at the Open studio in January which resulted in some lovely photos from visitor Rachael Marshall, a selection of which can be seen below.

Andy Wicks

Anna M.R Freeman

Maya Ramsay

Taisuke Makihara

For further images of the Florence Trust’s very own shanty town take a look at Rachael’s Flickr


New Studio – Florence Trust

Posted in Florence Trust by Andy Wicks on 2 September, 2010

Its been almost a month since I moved into the Florence Trust studios and time has flown by. With August traditionally being holiday season its been a quieter start to what i expected with some artists away or finishing off commitments, without any holidays planned and with deadlines looming I’ve tried to throw myself straight into studio life, which ontop of getting used to not working a full time job has been tougher than I thought. The day to day practice of painting everyday has been fantastic and I’ve been constantly shocked about just how much can be achieved having day after day working on something. The thing I have found more of a challenge is scheduling my days without having a set time to get up for work, mornings slip by quickly with my typical studio hours being midday to 9/10pm – a much more civilized existence in my mind.

My studio space is huge compared to what i’ve been used to on Vyner Street, already I can feel the benefits of having perspective on my paintings in progress and the possibility of viewing a series of works together from the luxury of my new Ikea chair (the most comfort you can get for £10). In my first couple of days I painted and built some new walls as well as installing some shelves and making a rather splendid chipboard painting storage rack with reclaimed wood (see below).

Storage Rack

The last week has seen a much busier studio with people finding their rhythm. The other artists work across a spectrum of art practices and we’ve already started to form our  own work habits/ working hours/ tea + lunch breaks outside to warm up (churches even in summer are not warm!) as well as Gin & Tonic club (no names mentioned) . A couple of the others have shows coming up and its really good to be in an environment where everyone has different exciting things going on and are all motivated to push on with their practice. You can see examples of everyones work HERE.

Studio shot

With my groupshow Superunknown opening on 6th October I’m current working on a new painting which needs to be finished by the end of next week for print deadlines. Once that’s done it’ll be a case of selecting and collecting works from the other artists in time for installation. While the PR machine will be starting so we can hopefully get some attention during a busy month with Frieze Art Fair and numerous gallery shows to co-inside.