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Dan Wheatley


Dan Wheatley

Dan Wheatley

Paint, Sculpture, Video/Audio, Drawing, Installation

Devon
United Kingdom


Galleries

  • Cariads, Totnes
  • Imagianation Gallery, St. Ives
  • own studio open to public, Totnes
Trompe l'oeil - sword and masks

Trompe l'oeil - sword and masks

This oil painting reached the final of 'Not the Turner prize' 2004.

Oil on canvas

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Dan Wheatley – May update

 

Kitley Angels are two large scale oil paintings painted by Dan Wheatley recently in 2019. The paintings have been commissioned by the owners of Kitley House, The Bastard Family, whose ancestors built the house originating back to early Tudor times in the 1400’s.

The theme of the painting relates to Dan Wheatley’s artistic obsession with the work of the Italian painter Caravaggio and shows two Angels bringing prayer with two doves being released, relating to very old rituals of wedding ceremonies. One Angel holds out a banner quoting the Bastard coat of arms motto ‘Pax Potior Bello’, which translates as ‘Peace is preferable to War’, ‘Peace is stronger than War’ and ‘Peace is more powerful than War’. The paintings will be on show in the central room within the house, which is at times used for wedding ceremonies, along with other functions, and will be on display for the public to view.

Dan Wheatley has also recently put on a new exhibition of paintings for the public inspired by masters such as Turner and Caravaggio in his home town in Totnes. The exhibition is free and is within the upstairs rooms above Cariads clothing shop opposite St. Mary’s church on the high street and will be open throughout the year. He is also working on a new exhibition to be shown in Kitley House later this year and is planning for an exhibition along with Lenkiewicz’s work in Teignmouths Bitten House.

In 2000, artist Dan Wheatley came to public attention with his trompe l’oeil mural paintings popping up in Totnes and Kingsbridge area. He also was known for his involvement as a student of the infamous Plymouth based painter Robert  Lenkiewicz. Dan was mentored by the painter in the last few years of his life. For more information, read his section in the book publication ‘Lenkiewicz Reconsidered – Perspectives in conflict’.

This lead to ongoing portrait and mural commissions for Dan. He studied Lucian Freud’s techniques at Tate Britain’s basement studios during his retrospective in 2004 and was a finalist for ‘Not the Turner Prize’ during the same year. He went on to gain a first in Fine Art BA (hons) at Plymouth University, got awarded the Ben Heartley FIne Art award for outstanding work and then went on to get a PGCE at master’s level 7, leading into a career lecturing in Art. He is now a course leader in Art and Design in Plymouths South West Art Warehouse. Much work is often reflecting and inspired by direct demonstration within some of his lecturing work. It reflects a deep fascination within the art of Caravaggio, Turner, along with painting and portraiture of the past, along with contemporary experimentations.
He describes himself as “a Fine Artist who specialises in oil painting and observational drawing, having roots in Classicism, and exploring contemporary takes and methods working with old master paintings. At times attempting to address issues of faith, prayer, the eternal question of life in the context of death, and iconography within our lives today”. He often works with a traditional approach to oil painting and drawing and has also explored this combined with experimental film and sound work; mixing film and two dimensional oil painting on canvas, exploring and progressing the possibilities of this fusion.

Some of his work can also be viewed at www.danwheatley.com and he is possible to be reached on via telephone for anyone wanting to discuss his work further.

Biography

 I studied under the late Robert Lenkiewicz 2000-02, was a finalist of 'Not the Turner Prize' 2004, and studied Lucian Freud's techniques in Tate Britain's basement studios during the period of his retrospective in 2002. I also spent time working closely with my friend, the late painter Anthony Amos. Within my studies in the University of Plymouth, I focused on developing my understanding of how visual language works in our culture whilst experimenting and developing the possibilities of mixed media work. I graduated with a First Class Degree and won the Ben Hartley Fine Art Award 2012 .

At present I am lecturing and leading Art and Design within South West Art Warehouse. I also continue to further my own artistic developments within painting, sculpture and mixed media. I have worked as a self employed freelance artist, with over 12 years of business experience. Within this I specialise mainly in commissioned oil painting, portraiture, mural work which often includes Trompe l'oeil and interior design.

Exhibitions and Prizes

2018

Cariads 1st Floor, Totnes

2013

Art Mill Summer Show, Plymouth

'Trompe l'oeil' Plymouth City Centre

2012

Plymouth University Degree Show

Awarded the Ben Heartley Fine Art Prize for outstanding work

Continuous group exhibitions within commercial galleries in St Ives, Totnes and Dartmouth, also Plymouth and Honiton.

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

The Ark Gallery- co-curator 

2011

‘Phases of Transition’ – Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

‘Drawing Exhibition’- Gallery 101, Plymouth University

‘News from Nowhere’- Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Old Angel Studio open to public for summer show

Continuous combined exhibitions within commercial galleries in Dartmouth, St Ives, Totnes and Honiton.

2009

‘Reflections on Berlin’ 101, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

2004

‘Not the Turner Prize’- the Mall Galleries, London

Solo show - Birdwood Gallery, Totnes

Totnes Open Studios

2003

Totnes Open Studios

2002

Solo show- Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University

Solo show - Birdwood Gallery, Totnes

Totnes Open Studio

2001

 

I am a Fine Artist and Art & Design Lecturer based in the South West of England. Having my roots in classicism, I have recently been exploring contemporary takes and methods working with old master paintings. I often work with a traditional approach to oil painting and drawing and have more recently been exploring this combined with experimental film and sound work; mixing film and two dimensional oil painting on canvas, exploring and progressing the possibilities of this fusion. Within a recent piece I have used a work by Caravaggio as my source material, ‘The calling of St. Matthew‘ in the Contarelli Chapel in San Luigi Dei Francesi, Rome. (also see ‘Supper at Emmaus’ piece within portfolio).

Having a great interest in art history and religious painting, I have at times attempted to address issues of faith, prayer, the eternal question of life in the context of death, and iconography within our lives today.