Primarily known for conveying a ‘sense of place’ through her still life painting, portraiture and drawing, Maryanne Wick is drawn to capturing tone, light and shadow in her work. She will intuitively make a connection to her surroundings, then quietly respond.
Wick’s aim is to draw attention to the exquisite in the everyday. In recent years, her still life paintings have depicted the endearing antics and the plight of Australia’s native birds and reptiles. Her work from Spain (2018 -19), based on ancient Iberian artefacts, reveal the beauty of imperfection created by the impacts of time. In 2008, Wick 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 imbue the stasis of meditation’.
Since 2008, Wick has lectured in painting and drawing for the Public Programs Department at the National Art School (NAS) in Sydney. Graduating from NAS in 2001, Wick left the same year to live in South Korea and spent the next five years in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China. She found the experience invaluable to her development as an artist. Immersed in North Asian art and culture, Wick used the opportunity to explore traditional techniques, media and surface. Respect for culture, history, tradition, symbolism and storytelling continue to influence her work today.
Wick continues to absorb the cultural and natural riches of her various travels. Born in Sydney, she has lived and worked in Sydney, London, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong and in Castilla La Mancha, Spain. While based in London (1989-1993) she worked for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre Trust. As an artist, she has held fourteen solo exhibitions and two collaborations in Australia, South Korea and in Spain. Her work has been exhibited in over eighty group exhibitions, including the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Portia Geach and Doug Moran Portrait Prizes, the Korea-Australia Art Foundation Prize, the Eutick Still Life Memorial Award, the Gallipoli, Mosman and Waverley Art Prizes. Invited exhibitions include ‘Korean-Eyesed’ at the Kwanhoon Gallery in Seoul (2005), ‘Dissolve, Inspiration by Korea’ at the Korean Cultural Centre, Australia (2017), ‘From Mao to Now’ and ‘The Armory Exhibition’, Newington Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park (2008).
In 2001, Wick was awarded the Minister’s Prize for painting, sponsored by the Minister for the Arts and Education, New South Wales. She won the 2015 Korea-Australia Art Foundation Prize for painting and has been twice highly commended in the Gallipoli Art Prize. Awarded artist residencies include the Bundanon Trust and Newington Armory in Australia, residencies in USA, Spain and Red Gate Gallery in Beijing (2001). In 2018, she was appointed resident artist by the Museo Municipal de Valdepeñas, in Castilla La-Mancha, Spain.
The artist’s work is held in private and public collections, both in Australia and internationally.