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Blue Sleeps Faster Than Tuesday

Jan 27 - Feb 18, 2017

 
 
installation - back gallery
 
installation - back gallery

Pete Wheeler exhibits five paintings in the back gallery, seven years after departing these shores for Berlin. It’s an interesting moment to think about what might have grown or changed around his practice in the meantime.

The paintings now are less built up. In other words, the photo emulsion at the heart of the big paintings has considerably less oil brushed over the top. There are still coloured grounds though, as in the unexpectedly haunting pinks and yellows of Atonement, and the beautifully weird pinks and crimson of Ashes to Fire.
There remains an unease about Wheeler’s choice of subjects. A gloved hand with knife, birds of prey, a skull and a cruciform figure are typical terrain. But the way he treats this subject matter, his visual range if you like, has increased. We are looking at a visual sensibility now, which has rounded out and matured. This is I think, most obvious in his use of line, particularly the strange, congruent lines of the big canvases. They add depth. They are synchronous while also being idiosyncratic – qualities that give the works presence and energy – a visual unease that echoes across the paintings. Yet they are a light touch. They lend elegance and sophistication to Pete Wheeler’s painting that he hasn’t often achieved before. Europe is clearly agreeing with him.
JS 

 

Selected works

 

Atonement
Atonement

 

Ashes To Fire
Ashes To Fire

 

Gets You Right Down To Your Soul, version 2.0
Gets You Right Down To Your Soul, version 2.0

 

Bell Ringer Blues
Bell Ringer Blues


Stop Coming Round To My House
Stop Coming Round To My House

 

List of works
 
Atonement,  2015
photo emulsion, oil & gelatin on canvas,  2400 x 1900mm,  $18,000
 
Ashes to Fire,  2016
photo emulsion, pigment & oil stick on canvas,  2200 x 1700mm,  $16,000

Gets You Right Down to Your Soul, version 2.0,  2016
photo emulsion, pigment & oil stick on canvas,  2200 x 1700mm,  $16,000

Bell Ringer Blues,  2016
oil on canvas,  1700 x 1000mm,  $6600 

 
Stop Coming Round to My House,  2011/16
oil & oil stick on canvas,  400 x 500mm,  $2100

Prices include GST