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Lived/Active: California/New York/Connecticut      Known for: abstract, gestural canvas painting, found objects, constructions

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Biography from Art Resource Group:
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.

Solo Exhibitions
    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

 Group Exhibitions
    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

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