The Wick - Discover Henry Moore

Discover Henry Moore

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was a British sculptor and graphic artist known for his large sculptures in stone and bronze. He is one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and his works are found around the world – both inside and outside museums, and in and outside cities. Moore engaged the abstract, the primitive, the surreal and the classical in forms which are accessible and familiar whilst they are avant-garde. His large-scale works are often overwhelming in their physicality which enabled him to create a heightened relation between the sculpture, the site and the viewer.
The Wick - Dream Donald Judd

Dream Donald Judd

Donald Judd (1928-1994) had a rigorous visual vocabulary that sought clear and definite objects as its primary mode of articulation. His sculptures offer insight into his singular commitment to material, colour, and proportion. Judd is one of the most significant American artists of the postwar period and his works have come to define what has been referred to as Minimalist art, (a label to which the artist strongly objected on the grounds of its generality). The work of Donald Judd is included in numerous museum collections. Permanent installations of the artist’s work can be found at Judd Foundation spaces in New York City and Marfa, Texas, along with the neighbouring Chinati Foundation.
The Wick - Fountain of Youth, Kathleen Ryan, 2018

Discover Kathleen Ryan

New York-based artist Kathleen Ryan gathers inspiration for her oversized sculptures from natural sources: orchards, vineyards, and mineral mines below the earth’s crust. Ryan portrays the mouldy substances through precious and semi-precious gemstones like amethyst, quartz, and marble. The materials’ durability and longevity directly contrast the decay they represent. Speaking about her work, ‘They’re not just opulent, there’s an inherent sense of decline built into them,” she says, “which is also something that’s happening in the world: The economy is inflating, but so is wealth inequality, all at the expense of the environment.”
The Wick - Discover Nick Hornby

Discover Nick Hornby

Figuration meets abstraction in the work of Nick Hornby, often in a fresh and illusory way. Twofold, as explained by the artist himself, was inspired by bringing together the work of Michelangelo and Kandinsky – two figures whose artworks, though polar apart, ‘are arguably pinnacles of their fields’.

Commissioned by Harlow Art Trust (Hornby’s first permanent public art commission), the sculpture was unveiled in 2019 as the 100th piece in Harlow’s art collection. In doing so, it joins the illustrious ranks of Barbara Hepworth and Auguste Rodin, offering new perspectives on their works and deconstructing conventions and categories within art.
The Wick - ‘Life’ at Fondation Beyeler, Basel, 2021.
In collaboration with VOGT Case Studio. 
Photo: Patricia Grabowicz

Discover Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson wants his art to break down boundaries between nature and culture. His latest show at Fondation Beyeler, Life, does just that. As a glittering green pool of water fills the inside and outdoor space, the work intertwines the museum with the natural landscape – an immersive eco-art installation that reflects the importance of environmental themes in Eliasson’s work.

‘In recent years, I have increasingly grown interested in efforts to consider life not from a human-centric perspective but from a broad, biocentric perspective,’ commented Eliasson, ‘to become aware of perspectives that go beyond what we humans can properly imagine.’ As Earth Day approaches later this week, we can credit his art with bringing these green visions to life.
The Wick - Jules de Balincourt
Solitary Cowboys, 2020
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Dream Jules de Balincourt

Paris-born Jules de Balincourt is inextricably linked with California. He moved there in the Eighties with his family and has mined its storied landscape ever since. Executed in 2020, Solitary Cowboy invites us on a nocturnal journey to the wild west. His paintings — ‘a dreamy confluence between fantasy and reality' — are a riot of saturated colour.

But trouble often lurks beneath his candy-coloured surfaces. Look closely and you’ll see barbed references to social, political and cultural issues, from structures of power to racism and homelessness. Feeling uneasy? Good. ‘That’s the reality of our world. It’s a fragile, unsettling place,’ he’s said.
The Wick - Laid Table with View of Saint-Paul de Vance, 1969

Discover Marc Chagall

With an instinct for light to rival Renoir, and use of colour to echo Matisse, Marc Chagall is a true modern master. A Russian-French artist of Belasurian Jewish origin – with time spent in both Germany and the US – his oeuvre reflects all the finest qualities and influences of twentieth-century art.

No surprise that Chagall too was inspired by the sparkling vistas of the south of France, bringing to life the magic of Saint-Paul-de-Vence where he settled in his later life. The painting, containing elements of his Primitive style, captures that dreamy vibrance for which Chagall is celebrated.
The Wick - Three Point Bend, Derek Fordjour, 2019

Discover Derek Fordjour

The New York-based artist made global headlines in 2018 with Half Mast, a mural commissioned by the Whitney Museum that addresses America’s reckoning with mass shootings. Since then, his career has been on a meteoric rise.

His works, typically patchworked from humble materials such as newspaper and charcoal, grapple with themes of race, inequality, and aspiration in American society. Electric colour and repetition are signature elements.

He also looks at the culture of sport in his explorations of the collective. In Three Point Bend, three figures in identical costumes fold nimbly into backbends. ‘I have a conceptual interest in patterns: how they persist, how they are disrupted, what is fixed and what is shifting,’ the artist has said.
The Wick - The Chicken Thief, Michael Armitage, 2019

Discover Michael Armitage

From art fairs to auction rooms, the Nairobi-born, London-based painter Michael Armitage has garnered a lot of attention lately. Now he’s the star of a new Royal Academy exhibition, which brings together 15 of his large-scale paintings from the past six years.

Among the highlights is The Chicken Thief, one of eight paintings inspired by his own experience at an opposition party rally in Nairobi in 2017. Painted on lubugo bark cloth in Armitage’s distinctive florid palette, it depicts the titular thief fleeing arrest — or perhaps he’s trying to escape from the demonic monkey clawing his back.