First Friday Art Walk – Start at Cardinal Club!
First Friday is one of Raleigh's most popular evening escapes. Join other local art-lovers on the First Friday of every month for a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh's exciting art, music and dining scene.
The Sir Walter Room of the Cardinal Club is now a featured First Friday venue. Artwork from a juried North Carolina Artist will be displayed from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on the first Friday of each month and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided, as will a cash bar for beer and wine.
Our Featured Artist will be: Warren Hicks
About the Artist:
Warren Hicks was born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma and studied Architectural Design at Oklahoma State University. Prior to graduation, he moved to Miami, Florida to explore opportunities within the music industry. After twelve years, Hicks briefly returned to architectural drafting and eventually landed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Still searching for the perfect creative outlet, he began painting in 2002. Hicks’ artistic evolution has been as unique as his personal revolution. Self-taught, his experiences in the music industry and architectural drafting enrich his paintings with melodic imagery, striking colors and precise execution.
Constant experimentation energizes Hicks with new ideas in visual art, as well as in his writings. He has morphed through a progression of styles and influences - embracing, digesting, and discarding - always in search of the next challenge. Witty titles that often employ wordplay suggest an art that winks at the peccadilloes of everyday life. This seemingly random hybridization of styles could go on productively for quite some time, it appears. Kandinsky, Arp, Miro, Braque, Klee - pureed in Hicks' aesthetic, eclectic blender only to come out as - well - a Hicks original.
His painting series The Viral Spiralis a departure from his previous work, both in scale and technique. The larger format allows him to be more expressive in his execution and less obsessed with precision, though his palette of brilliant colors remains fully intact.
Hicks’ work has been shown throughout the U.S. as well as China and Macedonia. He currently lives in Chapel Hill and works in his studio at Golden Belt in downtown Durham, NC.