Maryanne Wick's collaboration with potter, Szilvia Gyorgy is currently showing at the Shoalhaven City Art Centre in Nowra until 17th January 2015. Wick and Gyorgy have worked together before but this time there is a deliberate attempt to create a greater sense of interaction between Wick's paintings and Gyorgy's ceramics, including works where both artists have contributed to a single piece, further exploring the boundaries of 2D and 3D still life composition.
The two artists share a similar visual aesthetic - a meditation on the qualities of still life from colour and tone, to form and composition. It's a complex and carefully woven investigation of light against shadow, shape against shape, negative space and the interaction of objects. With a highly restricted colour palette even the smallest nuances of juxtaposed colour and tone are highlighted.
It would be easy to assume that Wick's influences included the great Italian painter of still lifes, Giorgio Morandi and, whilst she is most definitely a fan of his work, she more often mentions the works of Danish painter, Wilhelm Hammershoi as a major influence. Their tonality, considered light and shadow, careful composition and restrained elegance are all qualities that also shine through in Maryanne Wick's work.
Maryanne Wick's and Szilvia Gyorgy's exhibition in its quiet stillness is also a perfect foil for the extensive and vibrantly colourful show of landscapes and interiors from painter Elisabeth Cummings which is currently showing in the rest of the gallery.
Maryanne Wick will be conducting a painting and drawing workshop based on still life compositions here in Jervis Bay on the weekend of the 18th/19th April 2015.
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As a painter I try to keep across at least some of the vast range of exhibitions that are happening in galleries and online in Australia. From time to time if I'm particularly moved to comment it will happen here. Sometimes with pictures.