Andrew Bick (b. Gloucestershire, UK, 1963) received an MA in painting from the Chelsea School of Art (1988) and has since shown extensively in Europe and the U.S. Bick lives and works in London.
Bick's works are executed from a combination of oil paint, marker pen, wax, acrylic paint and Perspex. The works play with elements of flat colour, depth and surface, revealing the process of painting as a series of strategies or components within the visual puzzle of the whole. Bick's paintings call into question false opposites, and contrast hard geometric or blunt graphic forms with uncertain or dashed-out strokes or patches of scrubbed brushwork. Within the abstract geometry of his works, he combines matte and glossy surfaces, different textures, colour and 'non-colour'. His work has been described as 'gently disruptive and purposefully chaotic'.
One of the central subjects in Bick's artistic practice is the role of abstraction in contemporary art context. In his work, he continues to examine, and is concerned with, abstraction's continuous and yet unspoken influence on art production.
Bick was a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, UK, 2007), was the recipient of the Premio Internazionale Fiar (1992), and was selected for the NatWest Art Prize (1999), the Jerwood Painting Prize (1998) and the Henry Moore Institute Research Fellowship (2007). Recently he has been developing projects based on research in British Construction and Systems Art from the 1950s to 1970s initiated as a result of a Henry Moore Institute Fellowship in 2007/08.
Selected exhibitions include Von Bartha Garage (Switzerland), Bluecoat Liverpool (UK), Museum Haus Konstruktiv (Zurich), Galerie Louise de Haan (Holland) and Pizzuti Collection (US). Bick's work can be found in numerous collections including the British Library (UK), the British Museum (UK), Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), New York Public Library (US), Yale Center for British Art (US), Goldman Sachs, UBS and Simmons & Simmons. Bick has curated several shows including: Construction & its Shadow, Leeds City Art Gallery (2011); The Kingston Turnpike, the Stanley Picker Gallery (2006); Sight Mapping, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2003) travelled to GoMA (Glasgow) and Konsthallen Bohuslans Museum (Sweden).