Andrew Wykes: Interview

Andrew Wykes, Just Ahead, 2010, oil on panel, 35 x 35 inches (courtesy of the ar
Andrew Wykes, Just Ahead, 2010, oil on panel, 35 x 35 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Larry Groff interviews painter Andrew Wykes.

Wykes comments: "I find looking and returning to the same subject over numerous sessions rewarding. I tend to go deep into a subject—not wide... Observation is vital. I have always got great enjoyment from seeing. I feel privileged that I have this gift to see. I also think it is to do with retaining the child’s eye of the world before label’s for object’s disguise the subject... I am not concerned with depiction or likeness. I am battling with my preconceptions and how to make a spatial world work on a flat surface. Painting is abstract. It about universal feelings. But on a less formal level, active looking has all the rich trappings of meditation or prayer or oneness, the joy and surprise during a rare moment of lucidity."