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Viewing George Westren: On the Straight and Narrow

In June 2022 George Westren, a little-known artist who sadly died in 2021 during the UK’s Covid lockdown, made news headlines across the world. Why? Because a neighbour recovered Westren’s portfolio of intricate op art drawings from a skip, following a house clearance one year after his death.

Not surprisingly, Westren’s artwork went viral on Twitter, where his story of humble beginnings, homelessness, addiction and eventual salvation through art touched hundreds of thousands of people. Funds raised through the sale of a small run of prints helped to preserve, catalogue and now exhibit Westren’s artwork.

On the Straight and Narrow features more than 40 works from across Westren’s life. You’ll encounter his simple ‘tunnel’ designs, pulsating stars, battling chevrons, interlocking spears and protruding 3D edges, which hover between subtle op art illusion and muscular, graphic clarity. Curated by Alan Warburton, the neighbour who rescued the works, this captivating free and exhibition presents an unparalleled insight into Westren’s life and art.

‘For George, art was a means of transformation and salvation,’ says Warburton. ‘For those touched by his story, it is a symbol of hope in the face of adversity.’ What better way to start the year?

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06 January 2023 — 25 January 2023
The Wick - Federico Zandomeneghi, Study of a Woman from Behind, 1890-97. Pastel on cardboard, 48 x 38 cm. Galleria D'Arte Moderna, Milan. Photo: © Comune di Milano
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The Wick - Wedgwood Caryatid, 2023
glaze on porcelain
233.7 x 78.7 x 53.3 cm, 92 x 31 x 21 in
© Francesca DiMattio, 2023
Photo: Karen Pearson
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The Wick - Scott Monks, Rankin Live, 2023 ©Rankin
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The Wick - Christian Marclay
Vertical Cuts (White Door)
Altered wooden door
194.6 x 27.5 x 13.5 cm | 76 5/8 x 10 13/16 x 5 5/16 in.
© Christian Marclay. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)
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The Wick - Cog X
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Doing Cog X 2023

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