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Chris Wheeler

"My imagery comes from a longstanding commitment to modernist conventions. The simplified imagery is an attempt to tap into the memories and ideas we all share. I've found that my minimalist designs appeal to people on a very basic level. These designs may look childlike, but are never childish—it's this simple sophistication which is easily understood by everyone. "

Chris Wheeler's art is a record of events that take place in his studio. He captures moments when they show themselves. He sets himself to work on an idea, and almost immediately, tension develops between creativity and restraint. He's found that the most satisfying work is the work in which this tension becomes almost too difficult to resolve. The result is modern collage that is elegant, balanced, and provocative, and gives a nod to mid-century aesthetics.

Wheeler textures medium-body acrylics on handmade paper for his collages. The paper is mounted and stretched on drying boards for a month before being used. The wheat paste is strained so that the finished artwork is free of lumps and the effect is smooth and refined. This process of mounting paper is typically reserved for scrolls and screens and is done by only a small group of people.

Wheeler studied Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy in Tainan, Taiwan. While there, he learned how to mount works on paper for scrolls and shoji screens. With this skill, he was able to stretch and manipulate paper in ways very few people can, and he began creating his own art using these techniques.

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Gold Box Tree Set No.323
Mixed-Media Painting

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Silver Box Tree Set No.324
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Yellow Maple No.319
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 850
$ 722.50
Red Maple No.320
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 850
$ 722.50
Red Maple No.281
Giclee Print

$ 400
$ 340
Green Maple No.272
Giclee Print

$ 400
$ 340
Blue Maple No.281
Giclee Print

$ 400
$ 340
Teal Maple No.318
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 850
$ 722.50
Ranch Tree and House No.162
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Ranch House Red Forest No.262
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Modern House Red Forest No.308
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Ranch House and Tree No.287
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Silver City No.240
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Ranch House and Tree No.260
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Ranch House and Trees No.314
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,400
$ 1,190
Modern House and Tree No.259
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Modern House and Trees No.310
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 800
$ 680
Paper Townhouse No.277
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,600
$ 3,060
Townhouse and Tree No.128
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Silver Maple No.246
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Modern House and Trees No.302
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Townhouse and Trees No.237
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Modern House and Trees No.304
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Ranch House and Trees No.307
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Modern House and Trees No.263
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Teal Still Life No.8
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 750
$ 637.50
Ranch House and Trees No.306
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Ranch House and Trees No.290
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
$ 674.90
Modern House and Trees No.301
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 750
$ 637.50
Gold Still Life No.13
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 750
$ 637.50
Landscape in Yellow No.75
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 6,000
$ 5,100
Cloud House No.4
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,100
$ 3,485
Red Door No.273
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 5,000
$ 4,250
Twilight Forest No.203
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,500
$ 3,825
Vedauwoo No.65
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Vedauwoo No.71
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Red Forest No.279
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 5,000
$ 4,250
Vedauwoo No.44
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,900
$ 4,165
Cloud House No.6
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,000
$ 3,400
Vedauwoo No.19
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 5,000
$ 4,250
Vedauwoo No.28
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 5,000
$ 4,250
Silver Forest No.91
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Modern House and Trees No.243
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Ranch in the Woods No.241
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
$ 1,020
Gold Forest No.230
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Silver Box Trees No.269
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Silver Forest No.278
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 2,800
$ 2,380
Cloud House No.1
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Blue Forest No.111
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,200
$ 2,720
Red Door No.283
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,105
Modern Whimsy No.120
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,000
$ 3,400
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Group Show, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2015
Group Show, Houston City Hall, Houston, Texas, 2013
3rd Place Carnegie Creative Center Group Exhibit, Carnegie Creative Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2019
Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington DC, 2013
Collections
Corporate Collection, Phillips Seabrook Associates, Santa Rosa, California, 2017