Dan Wheatley

About the artist

Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley

Paint, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation, Video/Audio

    Galleries

    own studio open to public, Totnes
    Imagianation Gallery, St. Ives
    Cariads, Totnes
    Imagianation Gallery, Bath

    Statement

    In 2000, artist Dan Wheatley came to public attention with his trompe l’oeil mural paintings in Totnes and Kingsbridge area. He also was known for his involvement as a student of one of the south wests most reknowned artist and painters 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’. 

    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, won 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 alonhgside his personal work. He is now also 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.

     

    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 for outstanding work.

    At present alongside my painting, 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 20 years of business experience. Within this I specialise mainly in oil painting, portraiture and mural work which often includes Trompe l'oeil.

    Exhibitions and Prizes

    2020

    The Cavendish Renaissance, Babbacome, Torbay

    2019

    Lenkiewicz and supporting artists, Bitton House Teignmouth, curated by Reuben Lenkiewicz.

    Cariads 1st Floor Exhibition Space, Totnes (ongoing)

    2018

    Cariads 1st Floor, Totnes

    2017-13

    Open studio Exhibitions along with St ives and Bath Imagianations galleries

    2016

    South West Art Warehouse, Plymouth

    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

    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- 2000

     Totnes studio open to public

    Exhibition History

    2004  Mall Galleries, London
    Not the Turner Prize Final 
    2005-20  Many shows throughout the South West of England
    Summer 2013  Art Mill summer show, Plymouth
    Ongoing to present day  See Biography Section