Artist Profile: Maryanne Wick

Maryanne Wick

Maryanne Wick is primarily known for her tonal still life painting, portraiture and drawing. In 2001 she graduated from the National Art School in Sydney and has been lecturing for their Public Programs Department since 2007.

In her graduation year, Wick left Sydney to live in South Korea. She spent five years in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China and found the experience invaluable to her development as an artist. Immersed in North Asian art and culture, she used the opportunity to explore traditional techniques, media and surface. Respect for culture, history, tradition, storytelling and symbolism continue to influence her work today.

Conveying a 'sense of place' in quiet unassuming ways, is a constant theme throughout her work. As an artist, Wick will intuitively make a connection to her surroundings, then quietly respond. Her aim is to draw attention to the exquisite in the everyday. More recently, her still life paintings created in Spain, based on restored Iberian artefacts, reveal the beauty of imperfection created by the impacts of time.

As a tonal painter, Wick is drawn to capturing light in her paintings. In 2008, she was described by Australian art critic John McDonald as 'an emerging painter with a subtle distinctive touch'. In 2016, Canberra-based art critic Peter Haynes said of Wick's painting 'her palette is always appropriate and helps to inbue the stasis of meditation'.

Wick's painting and drawing continues to absorb the cultural riches of her various travels. She has lived and worked in Sydney, London, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong and Spain. She has held fifteen solo exhibitions in Australia, South Korea and more recently in Spain. Her work has been exhibited in over eighty group exhibitions and it is held in public and private collections in Australia, USA, France, Russia, South Korea, China and Spain.

Wick has been awarded artist residencies in China, USA, Spain and in Australia. In 2015, her painting 'Still Life After "The Owl and the Pussycat"' won the presigious Korea-Australia Art Foundation Prize. In 2018 she was resident artist at the Museo Municipal de Valdepenas in Castilla La Mancha, Spain.

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