Press Release

Artist Statement:
"My paintings hover between the abstract world of a painted object,built with brushstrokes, and the perceived world of a painted illusion, constructed with perspective. The repetitive decorative themes of the world around me have fused together with my interest in perspective filling my paintings with vibrant colour and a profusion of detail. The tiles and wallpaper, rugs, books on shelves and fallen leaves in a garden, the clothing and materials that form our domestic environments all provide me with rhythms and structure to build my pictures. I pick and choose from the things I see around me, drawing and making photographs, and using color, light and design to turn them into pictures of space."

 

Biography:POLA WICKHAM was born in London, England, in 1969.  She studied painting in Aix-en-Provence (France), in New York at the New York Studio School, and won her Masters at Yale School of Art. She has exhibited her work both in the United States and Europe (UK, Holland and Spain), in group and solo shows, and her paintings are in private and public art collections on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1997, she received a fellowship from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to paint for six months in the north tower of the World Trade Centre, NYC. One of her primary interests is making very large scale paintings and she has had several major pieces successfully placed in public locations, including the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. After finishing graduate school, Wickham moved to Spain where she lived from 1999 to 2006, painting and teaching in the city of Barcelona.  Most recently she is living in Rome where she has taught at the Cornell in Rome Art and Architecture program amongst other schools and where she is currently involved in a project teaching drawing and painting to patients with Parkinson’s disease.  She continues to have a rigourous private studio practice.