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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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Teal Maple No.318
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 850
Misty Forest No.204
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,200
$ 2,560
Copper Forest No.109
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,800
$ 1,260
Purple Cottage No.146
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
$ 1,040
Townhouse and Trees No.102
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,800
$ 1,260
Southwest No.5
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 790
$ 632
Southwest No.2
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 790
$ 632
Southwest No.4
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 790
$ 632
Silver City No.240
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 794
Townhouse and Tree No.128
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,300
Paper Townhouse No.277
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,600
Silver Maple No.246
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
Teal Still Life No.8
Mixed-Media Collage

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

$ 750
Twilight Forest No.203
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,200
White Forest No.296
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,000
Red Forest No.279
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,700
Red Door No.273
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,700
Vedauwoo No.19
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,700
Landscape in Yellow No.75
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 5,700
Cloud House No.6
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,700
Vedauwoo No.71
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,600
Cloud House No.4
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,800
Vedauwoo No.44
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,600
Vedauwoo No.28
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,700
Vedauwoo No.65
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,600
Cloud House No.1
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
Ranch in the Woods No.241
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Within the Forest No.192
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 2,000
$ 1,400
House and Tree No.238
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,200
Blue Forest No.111
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 3,200
Silver Box Trees No.269
Mixed-Media Collage

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

$ 2,800
Copper Forest No.109
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,800
$ 1,260
Silver Forest No.91
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,800
Gold Forest No.230
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 2,800
Modern Whimsy No.120
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 4,000
Red Door No.283
Mixed-Media Collage

$ 1,300
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