Dan Wheatley

About the artist

Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley

Paint, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation


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


    Dan Wheatley is a freelance Artist working mainly in the West Country and South West areas of England.

    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 has been a course leader in Art and Design in Plymouths South West Art Warehouse and currently lectures in Painting and Drawing at Strode College and is the Making Change Course Leader at the Arts University Plymouth.

    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.



    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. I also achieved a PGCE at masters level 7.

    At present alongside my painting, I lecture in Painting and Drawing at Strode College and I am the Making Change Course Leader at Arts University Plymouth. 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. I can be contacted on 07773770625 for more information about commissions.

    Exhibitions and Prizes


    Solo Show - Retrospective of 30 years of my work - CTSWskills Gallery Space


    The Cavendish Renaissance, Babbacome, Torbay


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

    Cariads 1st Floor Exhibition Space, Totnes (ongoing)


    Cariads 1st Floor, Totnes


    Open studio Exhibitions along with St ives and Bath Imagianations galleries


    South West Art Warehouse, Plymouth


    Art Mill Summer Show, Plymouth

    'Trompe l'oeil' Plymouth City Centre


    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


    ‘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.


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


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

    Solo show - Birdwood Gallery, Totnes

    Totnes Open Studios


    Totnes Open Studios


    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