Andy Wicks Paints Blog

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

December – Upcoming exhibitions

Posted in Exhibitions, News by Andy Wicks on 29 November, 2011

I have work in a couple of exhibitions opening in the next week. If you’re in the area make sure you take a look.

A Year at The Florence Trust 2010 – 2011

Posted in Florence Trust, Writings by Andy Wicks on 2 August, 2011

Its been two weeks since the Florence Trust exhibition finished which signaled the end of my year long residency at St Saviour’s. Since then I’ve found myself in and around the studio quite a bit which while empty of my belongings, still had a hold over my time. After such a full on and immersive year it was sad to hand my keys back but as I move on a new set of artists arrive to start their own journeys.

Florence Trust w/polyethylene roofs over studios - Photo E. Torrell

I came to the Florence Trust as an artist looking to experience full time practice, to create time away from the constraints of paid work to see what I could achieve over the course of a year. The appeal of doing this at a residency such as the FT was the support network of fellow artists as well as the studio manager and director, something to ease me in to a new way of working, which isn’t usually available in large closed off studio spaces. On a personal note I’m happy with the shift i’ve seen my practice take in the last year and I believe this really is down to having consistency of thought from day after day at the studio, along with a heap of messing around with paint. But my overriding memories of the FT are the people and the space, being there really made me aware that I am part of lineage of artists who have been using the studios over the past 20 years. But is one dependent on the other? While the space is truly inspiring, beautiful and impossible to hide from, its the group of 11 very different artists coming together who made the experience. As a group consisting of multiple nationalities and artistic backgrounds it was our shared journey through the year that brought people together. Ongoing independent practice may consume the individual but the openness of the studios and communal areas created a schedule for dialogue and banter at lunches, tea breaks and social activities. The changes of seasons and the setting in of winter, while tough was a great catalyst for togetherness and a competitive survival instinct, demonstrated perfectly with varying approaches to polyethylene roof building. The end of winter and the start of spring brought new optimism to the studios with the gardens and wildlife becoming a bigger part of everyday life, our winter film club and pub quizzes turned to BBQ’s and beers.

Group shot (8 of 11) FT artists in Basel

The Basel trip while very near to the end exhibition came as a perfect remedy from possible studio blues and as we all knew each other so well by then was a fun filled trip away with friends. Once back we had two weeks of prepping the space for the exhibition, taking down the 3 central studios opened up the space and highlighted the architecture of the building, perhaps making a strong exhibition even more of a challenge. Thankfully in my opinion and those of many visitors it was a great success for which thanks should go to Paul Bayley (FT Director) for his problem solving and vision for how 11 different artist’s work could sit and read so well together. With a years worth of life on display I wanted to spend as much time at the show as possible invigilating. Talking with visitors about my fellow artists work opened up more readings of their work and created some interesting dialogue. I was happy with the response to my work, we had a huge opening night with far too many people to squeeze chats in with and delighted that a few of my works have now taken their place in a private collection in Italy.

Its been an absolute pleasure to have been able to spend time alongside each of my fellow artists, to watch their working practices up close and share their excitement over future projects and opportunities. If you want to keep an eye on the FT 2011 Artists you can find out more about their work and links to personal websites here.

Install shot of Florence Trust Summer Show

So whats next for me? Well firstly a bit of a break is in order. Whereas before this year it was a treat to get time in the studio, now it feels like one if I have a day away. With the realities of life once again at my door I will endeavor to seek a better live / (art) work balance to move forward with. The cost of London living makes everything feel like a compromise but if I take anything from this experience its just reinforced my desire to continue doing what i’m doing as much as I can. In the short term I’m going to be sans studio with my paintings and studio packed safely in storage, however I have got some ideas for a series of prints which I will be experimenting with in the meantime. There are also tentative plans on a building which maybe made into studios for myself and a few of the FT 2011 artists, it has the potential to be an amazing studio in another interesting period property, but until more discussions take place I’ll say no more.

I plan to get my curating/organizing head back on and push forward a few projects which have been on the back burner this year. One of those, a 3 person show with FT2011 artist Adam Watts and Peter Ainsworth is coming together nicely and we’re now seeking the right kind of space to exhibit in. I’d also love to do a solo show with the new work some day soon and imagine that the prints could fit nicely with the works on canvas. I’m excited to find time to take in more exhibitions in London having been out of the loop of late, I was blown away by Piccadilly Community Center Christoph Büchel’s immense installation at Hauser & Wirth last week and I still vividly remember his show at the Coppermill off Brick Lane in 2007. Through writing this and summing up it all suddenly feels very final, but far from it, the rigour and dialogue of the FT is something I will be looking to keep with me for the next stage.

Superunknown Press Release

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 18 September, 2010


Michael Ashcroft | Matthew Atkinson | Gordon Cheung | Sayshun Jay | Graham McNamara | David Northedge | Ed Payne | James Roper | Rob Sherwood | David Small | Andy Wicks | Rosalie Wiesner

Edel Assanti is proud to present Superunknown, an exhibition curated by Andy Wicks and David Northedge.

Literature and Hollywood have long been creating dark and empty visions of near future societies in decline.  In the present day, materials addressing this subject matter have once again found their way onto reading lists and cinema screens, forming a focal point for contemporary popular culture.

Projections of our universal future are often delivered in cautionary tones and serve as warning of how to avoid the total decimation of society. Notional futures of grim decaying interiors and bleak grey landscapes populated by savage inhabitants are the cultural benchmark for a morbid moribund world limping towards apocalypse.

Superunknown is a group show of twelve artists who produce work that addresses a future full of dreams, illusions and fantasies, celebrating the neglected virtues of the glossy, lurid and bizarre. The combined works on show articulate a hallucinatory collective vision of a future in which illicit vices serve as the connective tissues for a population wheeling recklessly onwards with a stoic apathy toward redemption and self-preservation.

This group show is formed predominately of painters whose work share a common aesthetic of semi abstraction and contemporary landscape. The exhibition also features photography, video, sculpture and installation based works.

Rosalie Wiesner 'Room'

James Roper 'W=mg'

Departure Gallery, The Old Police Station and Medcalf shows

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 25 February, 2010

I have 3 exhibitions coming up in March, 2 of which open on Friday 5th March. The first, The Middle of Nowhere with the Departure Gallery is in a huge warehouse in Southall featuring over 40 artists, I have 11 piece which makes up a large body of work from last year and is the first time it has all been seen together. The show is only on for 5 days but is one to catch, on the private view night theres a free taxi  from Southall Station to the venue.

Also opening on Friday 5th is Police and Thieves at the Old Police Station, New Cross. A converted Police Station which is now a gallery, studios and cafe. Fittingly my painting Bill, a portrait of a policeman taken from a news cutting of London G20 riots will be on display. The gallery uses the former interview, cells and Police gym as part of the exhibition space.

Then from 15th March to 30th April I will be showing a selection of new works at Medcalf restaurant and bar on Exmouth Market, Islington. Details TBC

Tag in Top 10 list

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 18 January, 2010


Brown have wisely charged painters with the job of selecting artists for their survey of current painting practices in the capital. Gabriel Hartley, Rannva Kunoy and Luke Rudolf have each invited one artist who has then invited another, and so on, to a total of 36. It’s an exhibition strategy peppered with risk given the inevitable diversity of the final selection and the issues raised about geographically-specific lists as a result of prioritising the tastes, interests and peer-group alliances of many producers over those of one or two curators. Across this tonally complex and internationally rich spectrum one can expect to find every kind of painting: from the expert illusionism of key abstract British painting figure Mali Morris, to Clare Price’s digi-knitwork motifs unravelling; the ghostly stripped-out figuration of Miho Sato or Dale Adcock to Tim Ellis’s battered-cotton tarp.

Odette – new painting for Brown Gallery Group Show Jan 2010

Posted in Paintings by Andy Wicks on 20 December, 2009

Over the past month I’ve been working on a new piece for a group show Tag: From 3 to 45. New London Painting at Brown Gallery in Hoxton Square. The show has come about quickly and required a small painting (under 90 x 90 cm), as most of my work this year has been large I decided to make a new piece for it which ties in with the series of ambiguous architectural form – in this case its based on a photo of a rusting water tank I took in Greece this summer.

The exhibition is based on a game of tag where 3 artist are selected by the gallery and each is asked to pick another artist who in turn does the same until there are 45 in total, 3 groups of 15 artists. I was selected by David Northedge however have only seen the names before me in the list and my recommendation so am intrigued by who else is featured. The exhibition runs from January 7th – February 6th 2010 at Brown

Odette - 41 x 30.8 cm Oil on Polyester

Exhibition Shots

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 14 December, 2009

Private view images

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 11 December, 2009

We had a fantastic opening with many faces from the past and some new contacts, we also had a reviewer from an online blog come along so hopefully a good write up will bring get us some more people through the door. We’re opening Thursday – Sunday until 20th December, 12 – 7 pm, come along to The Framery, its number 3 with the bright red door.

Here are a few shots from the opening, i’m going to try and take some proper images of the paintings soon.

The Artists (from left to right) Andy Wicks, David Northedge & Matthew Atkinson

Ready for private view

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 10 December, 2009

A glimpse - Matthew's new work during installation

So the work is hung, the drinks are in the buckets, the press releases are printed and the doors will soon be open. We spent an exhausting day moving paintings, drilling holes and walking around a massive cash and carry trying to find the booze but now our work here is done and we’re ready to invite all to see our efforts.

I always find hanging a show the best bit, although after some trouble with strap hangers and crumbly brick walls perhaps I would prefer to overseeing someone else slightly more patient doing the physical stuff. While I knew both Matthew and David’s old work well, they’ve both surprised and excelled in equal measure with the new pieces produced, its interesting to finally bring the paintings together into a single room and see how they sit after previously imagining them from behind the monitor.

The exhibition features a broad spectrum of contemporary painting and really sets off against the space well, embracing its intriguing features (check out that chandelier!) and challenging details. All that there is to do now is open the doors up at 6pm and hope people turn up!