Maryanne Wick is primarily known for her still life painting, portraiture and drawing.
Wick graduated from the National Art School in Sydney, in 2001, with a BFA (in painting). Her graduate painting ‘…from The Valley’ won the Minister’s Prize for Painting (New South Wales) and was selected as a finalist in the Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Since 2007, Wick has worked as a lecturer in painting and drawing for the National Art School within its Public Programs Department.
In her graduation year, Wick left Sydney to live in South Korea and spent five years in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China. She found the experience invaluable to her development as an artist. Immersed in its art and culture, Wick used the opportunity to explore traditional techniques, media and surface. Respect for culture, history, tradition and storytelling continue to influence her work today.
As an artist, conveying a ‘sense of place’ in quiet, unassuming ways, is a constant theme throughout her work. Wick will intuitively make a connection to her surroundings, then quietly respond. Her aim is to draw attention to the ‘everyday’, so that the everyday becomes exquisite. In more recent years, nature has become significant to her still life compositions, along with drawing attention to the beauty in imperfection.
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 imbue the stasis of meditation'.
Wick has lived and worked in Sydney, London, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong and her art continues to absorb the cultural riches of her various travels. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and South Korea and is held in private collections in Australia, USA, France, Russia, South Korea, China and Mexico. She has been awarded artist residencies in China, USA, Spain (in 2006 and in 2018), the Bundanon Trust (NSW) and at Newington Armory in Sydney.
In 2015, Wick’s painting, ‘'Still Life After ‘The Owl and the Pussycat'’ won the prestigious Korea-Australia Art Foundation Prize. In 2015 and 2016, she was a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. The artist currently lives in Spain and is resident artist at the Museo Municipal de Valdepeñas in Castilla La Mancha.
Currently lives and works in Spain.
Lecturer, Public Programs Department, National Art School, Sydney (2008 - 2019)