In her painting, drawing and visual diaries, Maryanne Wick focuses primarily on metaphorical still life and figurative composition. As a tonal painter, she is drawn towards capturing light and shadow in her compositions and aims to convey ‘a sense of place’ in quiet, unassuming ways. In 2008, Wick was described by art critic John McDonald as 'an emerging painter with a subtle, distinctive touch'.
Born in Sydney, Wick has travelled extensively, both overseas and throughout Australia. She has lived and worked in London, Beijing, Seoul and Hong Kong. While in London during the early 1990s, Wick worked for The Shakespeare Globe Trust, to raise funds toward the re-building of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. It was during this time she re-connected with her art practise.
Wick is a lecturer in painting and drawing at the National Art School in Sydney, from which she graduated with a BFA (Painting) in 2001. In the same year, she left Sydney to live in South Korea and her painting ‘…from The Valley’ was selected as a finalist in the Sulman Prize Exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Wick's painting and drawing since then, has continued to absorb the cultural riches of her various travels. The five years spent living and working in North Asia, primarily in South Korea and China, was invaluable to her development as an artist. Immersed in the art and culture of North Asia, she used the opportunity to explore traditional techniques, media and surface and learn about the customs, traditions and storytelling which influence her work today.
Wick continues to explore ways of marrying her Australian heritage with her acquired North Asian sensibilities. The power of suggestion, through the use of shadows and symbolism, has crept into some of her more recent works. Similarly, the nature that surrounds the artist’s studio, has come to be a significant influence in her painting and drawing.
Wick has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and South Korea. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, USA, France, Russia, Korea and China as well as the collection of the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. She has been awarded artist residencies in China, Spain, USA, at the Bundanon Trust (Nowra, NSW) and at Newington Armory (Sydney Olympic Park). In 2015, her still life painting' The Owl and the Pussycat' won the Korea-Australia Art Foundation Prize.