Dan Wheatley

About the artist

Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley
Dan Wheatley

Paint, Drawing, Sculpture, Installation, Video/Audio


    own studio open to public, Totnes
    Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth
    Imagianation Gallery, St. Ives
    Artmill Gallery, Plymouth
    Cariads, Totnes


     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


    Cariads 1st Floor, Totnes


    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- co-curator 


    ‘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



    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.

    Exhibition History

    Summer 2013  Art Mill summer show, Plymouth
    Ongoing  See Biography Section