Andy Wicks Paints Blog

Painting backgrounds, John Martin and Newcastle

Posted in Artists, Exhibitions, Paintings by Andy Wicks on 9 March, 2011

I was intending to upload a few images of the grounds of current work in progress before I worked over the top, I was going to write how they are reminiscent of John Martin’s swirling apocalyptic sky’s. That was a couple of weeks ago and the thought past, that is until I saw an article on Martin’s (Guardian 4th March 2011) recently opened survey at the Laing Art Gallery is Newcastle.

John Martin The Great Day of His Wrath 1851-1853

So here saved from that huge blog in the sky are the intended images –

Usually created in a single sitting these grounds are made from a careful mix of a resin medium, thinned oil paints and thinners. Tipped and poured the paint dissipates into the resin, creating glitches as the paint moves to find space to settle. Some areas show through as pure paint,  some as pure resin showing the raw canvas beneath while others show a combination with paint sunk into the resin as if submerged in water.

I hope to go to Newcastle to see the John Martin before it closes in June, its a great city and not only is there the Laing and the Baltic but  also Workplace Gallery (in Gateshead) which is well worth a visit. If you go between 5-26 May make sure you visit Fade Away at Gallery North touring from Transition and featuring my painting “Karl”.

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Fade Away, Transition Gallery 3rd – 24th December

Posted in Exhibitions by Andy Wicks on 27 November, 2010

I have a painting in Fade Away opening Thursday 2nd December at Transition Gallery, lots of good painters on show. Take a look if your in the area this December.

“… there is a tremendous interest today in what the art historian Dario Gamboni has called ’potential images’, that is, ‘those established—in the realm of the virtual—by the artist but dependent on the beholder for their realization, and their property is to make the beholder aware—either painfully or enjoyably—of the active, subjective, nature of seeing.’” Barry Schwabsky, An Art of Transition.

Phil Allen

fade away is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions at Transition with guest curators focusing on the diversity of contemporary painting and exploring the ways in which artists are engaged with it.

fade away, which is curated by Alli Sharma, with an accompanying text by Barry Schwabsky, features paintings that oscillate between representation and abstraction. With widely diverse references and subject matter, they all share a strong material presence. Some of the artists work directly from the perceptible world; others use the representational as a point of departure into the abstract, or conversely, explore the abstract, which reveals itself as subject.  Whatever the creative enquiry, they make you think about paint and the act of painting. The dialogue between surface and illusion, representation and abstraction performs a paradoxical balancing act where surfaces are brushed, scored, erased, layered, revealed, dripped and collapsed. Compositions teeter on the verge of illegibility where images emerge and fade away.

Henny Acloque, Phillip Allen, Tim Bailey, Nathan Barlex, Mike Bartlett, Alice Browne,Lindsey Bull, Nick Carrick, Michelle Charles, Clem Crosby, Theo Cuff, Kaye Donachie,Sarah Douglas, Sarah Dwyer, Andrew Graves, Paul Housley, Thomas Hylander,Hannah Knox, Laura Lancaster, Robert Lang, Sarah Lederman, Eleanor Moreton,Mali Morris, Alex Gene Morrison, Nadia Mulder, Jill Mulleady, Mahali O’Hare, Scott O’Rourke, Joanna Pawlowska, Joanna Phelps, Benjamin Senior, Shaan Syed, Zack Thorne, Gavin Toye, Helen Turner, Claire Undy, David Webb, Robert Welch, Andy Wicks, Jo Wilmot.

Transition Gallery                                                                                                              Unit 25a (second floor) Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

3-24 December 2010, Thurs-Sun, 12-6pm                                                           Private View: Thurs, 2 Dec, 6-9pm