As a visual artist, primarily known for her still life painting, portraiture, drawing and printmaking, Maryanne Wick will intuitively make a connection to her sense of place, then quietly respond.
Wick has lectured in painting and drawing for the Public Programs Department at Sydney's National Art School (NAS), since 2008. Graduating from NAS in 2001, she left Sydney the same year to live and work as an artist in South Korea and China for five years. Immersed in North Asian art and culture, the opportunity to create, experiment and develop as an artist in this part of the world was invaluable. She explored traditional techniques, media and surface and learnt about culture, history and tradition. Symbolism, storytelling and the power of suggestion, important to Asian art, continue to influence her work today.
As Wick continues to absorb the cultural and natural riches of her various travels, both in Australia and overseas, she enjoys exploring the diversity of the still life subject. By intuitively following the different paths along which her subject can take her, Wick has come to accept that her subject and subsequently her paintings, will always be evolving through no fault of their own. Drawing attention to the exquisite and the unusual, in recent years, her still life compositions 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, reveals 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'.
Born in Sydney, Wick has lived and worked in Sydney, London, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong and in Spain. While based in London (1989-1993) she worked for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre Trust in the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre. Over the last twenty years, she has held fifteen 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.
Lecturer, Public Programs Department, National Art School, Sydney (2008 - 2021)