LIVES/WORKS IN BERLIN
New Zealand painter Pete Wheeler's practice emerges from a broad range of materiality and richness on the surface often with confrontational and psychological imagery of the dark and faceless.
Wheeler's fascination with the playful and aggressive nature of imagery frequently sees his practice deriving from political propaganda and mass media to explore the representation of an image. The subjects to whom Wheeler gives voice through his practice of drawing and painting have always been people from the margins of Society; Proletariat, bikers, adolescents, gestures of rebellion.
The image, symbolism, text, gestures borrowed from society reference the attitudes and language of the revolutionary subculture as an image for ideas of social change. These ideas have survived the passage of time to become nothing more than a cyclical motif for capital exchange.
Collections include Zabludowicz Collection, London, Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Collection, New York, Martin Sosnoff Collection, New York, Otago University Collection and James Wallace Collection, Auckland. Private collections in the US, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
Gets Ya Right Down to Your Soul (2016) Photo emulsion, oil stick, charcoal, pigment wax, Gelatine on canvas 190 x 170 cm
Atonement (2015) Oil, Photo emulsion, pigment wax, Gelatine on canvas 220 x 190 cm
Evel (2013) Oil, wax on linen 230 x 190 cm, Private Collection, Sydney
WHEELER at TILL RICHTER MUSEUMNew paintings by Pete Wheeler will be unveiled at Till Richter Museum Schloss Buggenhagen, Germany opening 15th of April
BLUE SLEEPS FASTER THAN TUESDAY
Pete Wheeler's new solo show at Jonathan Smart in Christchurch opening on the 27th of January 2017