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Painting by University arts lead joins gallery’s illustrious collection

A painting by University of Gloucestershire’s Andrew Bick, Reader in Fine Art, has joined an illustrious collection of work at a national gallery and museum that includes some of the most famous names in the art world.

The Sainsbury Centre, which includes work by major artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, has acquired Andrew’s 2017 painting Variant t-s [compendium detail] #1, (pictured below) supported by the Michael and Joyce Morris Fund.

As well as being a practising artist, with work exhibited in Europe and the United States, Andrew is Research Lead for Art and Design within the University’s School of Arts, supervising PhD’s in contemporary art practice.

Andrew (pictured left in main image) said: “I was thrilled when I heard the news that the Sainsbury Centre had acquired Variant t-s [compendium detail] #1, with support from the Michael and Joyce Morris Fund – I hope my students and colleagues have an opportunity to visit.

“My work is based on the belief that disruption within a system helps us relearn the process of paying attention. For me, mediated layering of geometry and gesture act as an antidote to a world of instantaneous information.”

Hales Gallery in London, which represents Andrew, said: “In Variant t-s [compendium detail] #1 (2017), Bick combines elements of flat colour, depth and surface texture whilst revealing the construction of these elements within the composition.

“Well versed in the history of Constructed Art, historical research is at the forefront of Bick’s practice with particular focus on the legacies of constructivism, systems art and concrete poetry.”