|Andrew Staley Wing (American, 1931-2004) was one of many American abstract artists whose art was grounded in the forms, materials and cadences of nature. Born on September 14, 1931 in Greenwich, Connecticut, Wing grew up in an artistic East Coast family. Wing took classes at the Art Students League in New York City, where he was influenced by the burgeoning Abstract Expressionist movement. At Bard College, he studied art under luminaries Louis Schanker and Stefan Hirsch, graduating in 1955. He moved to Laguna Beach, California in 1956 and received his MFA from Long Beach State College in 1962. |
Wing painted outdoors, often on the roof of his Laguna Canyon home, where, with various dramatic gestures, he would throw vessels of carefully mixed pigment and water solutions onto his explosive canvases. He was very much influenced by the patterns and palettes of the seasons, and would often strategically leave his canvases exposed to the elements to age and develop unique patinas. His forward-thinking passion for conservation often drove him to repurpose found materials in his paintings and constructions.
Andy Wing died in Laguna Beach, California on February 3, 2004, two years after the Laguna Art Museum hosted a retrospective exhibition of his work, "The Chances of Andy Wing".
Wing received numerous awards for his paintings and drawings and exhibited throughout the country.
1958 Contemporary Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1959 Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
1959 Plaza Mall, Riverside, CA
1961 Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
1962 Long Beach State College Master’s Show, Long Beach, CA
1963 Wooden Horse Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1965 Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA
1966 Gallery Carnot, Seal Beach, CA
1966 Pomona Library, Pomona Library, CA
1967 Cypress College, Cypress, CA
1968 Greener Pastures Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1969 Palos Verdes Community Arts, Palos Verdes, CA
1976 Woods Cove Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1978 Julie Dohan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1981 Collector’s Choice Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1983 Vorpal Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA: An Affair of the Heart
1984 Vorpal Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1984 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1990 Vorpal Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA:
The Chances of Andy Wing: AMini Retrospective
2004 BC Space, Laguna Beach, CA: Homage
1956 Museum of New Mexico Painting Annual Exhibition, Santa Fe, NM
1956, 1957 Santa Fe Art Association Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1957-1959 Contemporary Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1957-1989 Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach, CA
1957 Dixi Hall Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1959, 1964 Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
1959, 1960 Roy Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
c.1960 Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
1961, 1965 Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA
1961 Constance Counter Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
1961 Gallery Marcus, Laguna Beach, CA
1962 La Petite Louvre, Los Angeles, CA
1963 Cee Jee Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1963 Cerritos Jr. College, Norwalk, CA: Art Faculty group show
1963 Newport City Hall, Newport Beach, CA: Six Artists from Laguna
1964 Laguna Beach Art Association, Laguna Beach, CA
1964 Adele Bednarz Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1964 Pomona Valley Art Association, Pomona, CA
1964, 1965 The Attic Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1965 Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, Art Now, Series Three
1965 Orange County Fair, Costa Mesa, CA: Best in Show Award
1965 KPFK Art Center Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1966 California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, Focus on Five
1966 Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA: The Human Image
1977 Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA: Southern CA
1983 Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA: Collector’s Choice
1990 Uncanny Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
1999 Sandstone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA: California Dreams
1999-2003 Wells Fargo Bank, Laguna Beach, CA: Banking on Art program
2000 Sandstone Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2001 Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA: Four Pillars of Orange County Art
2003 Howell and Green Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 B.C. Space Gallery, Pretty Lies Dirty Truth, Laguna Beach, CA
2004 B.C. Space Gallery, Mean Times Back at Home, Laguna Beach,
2004 Honorary exhibition at the Sawdust Festival, Laguna Beach, CA
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Clarion Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
Joseph Wing Memorial Library, Mechanicsburg, OH
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Loma Linda University, Music Concert Hall, Loma Linda, CA
San Diego Gas and Electric Company, San Diego,
CA Xerox Collection, Santa Ana, CA
In the preparation of this biography, Art Resource Group relied in part on the extensive personal writings of Andy Wing. The writings took the form of letters, journal entries and notes that have been held in safekeeping by his family members since his passing. All unattributed quotes are from these writings.
Arts Orange County: Andy Wing. Dir. Susan Sherman. 1987. Easy Brothers Productions.
Cantrell, Don. “Pop Art: Reflection of a Culture.” The Register, September 1965. Print.
Collins, Jerome F. “Censor ‘Censored’ – Wing’s Work Went in Festival Closet.” Laguna Daily Pilot 1 July 1975. Print.
Curtis, Cathy. “Karma-Carrying Member of the Laguna Scene.” The Los Angeles Times, 6 June 1995: F1-2. Print.
Diamond, Barbara. “Artist Andy Wing Dies.” Coastline Pilot, 13 Feb. 2002: A1, A12. Print.
Goldner, Liz. “The Color Field Painting of Andy Wing.” Contemporary Art Dialogue. 2009. Web. 1 June 2011. .
Horan, Andrew. “Andy Wing: Translating the Colors of Life.” The Laguna News-Post: Print.
“Laguna Canyon Conservancy Plans ‘Paint-In.’ The Los Angeles Times 14 Feb. 1992: Print.
McGuinness, Liz. “Action: Art Colony Rallies to the Needs of an Artist.” The Los Angeles Times, 23 June 1983: Print.
Nakaso, Dan. “Drive to Aid Ailing Laguna Artist, 51, Exceeds Its Goal.” The Los Angeles Times, 17 July 1983: Print.
Ritchie, Erika I. "Andy Wing Continues To Soar with Color." Laguna News-Post 7 March 2002: Print.
Saari, Laura. “People Watch: Laguna arts types (and pols, too) open their hearts to help Andy Wing’s at a fundraiser for the ailing artist-activist.” The Register, 5 July 1983: D3. Print.
Siple, Molly. "Exhibition at Los Angeles Art Association: Art Now, series 3." ArtForum June 1965: 15. Print.
Steen, Charlene. "Exhibition at Laguna Beach Art Association." ArtForum Nov. 1965: 43. Print.
Walsh, Daniella. “An Icon Gets His Artistic Due.” The Orange County Register 7 Apr. 2002: Print.
Weeks, H.J. "Exhibition at Wooden Horse Gallery (Laguna Beach, California)." ArtForum Nov. 1963: 15-16. Print. (Illustrated)
Wing, Andy. “Artist Recognizes those who Helped.” The Los Angeles Times 24 July 1983: Print.- - -.
“Gleanings.” Coastline Pilot 1996-2002: Print.
Written and Submitted by Nora Desruisseaux
Art Resource Group