JIM WHEELER

Epiphyte
2015
stainless steel, unique
2100mm x 700mm x 600mm
$5,000

'Standing Idol - Fierce Lancewood' (Maquette)
2015
bronze on wooden post, edition 1/5
850mm x 230mm x 230mm (bronze only)
$4,750

'Standing Idol - Fierce Lancewood’
2015
bronze, artist’s proof
2200mm x 500mm x 500mm
$19,000

Jim Wheeler grew up in a small North Carolina town, USA. He studied Art and Biology at University of North Carolina, Greensboro graduating with a BA in Studio Art (cum laude). A two year renaissance style apprenticeship (Johnson Atelier, Princeton, NJ) in the techniques of sculpture provided Jim with the skills to immigrate to NZ in 1981 where he helped set up Art Works Studio. Leaving in 1989 to become a full time exhibiting sculptor; undertaking public and private commissions; MIT lecturer 1995-6; and Lord of the Rings department head, 1999. Professionally exhibiting since 1979 with eight solo and numerous group shows- recently showing at NZ Sculpture OnShore; Wallace Art Awards; Sculpture in the Gardens (Auckland Botanic Gardens), Brick Bay Sculpture Trail (Matakana), Art in a Garden at Flaxmere, near Hawarden (North Canterbury), Sculpture on the Gulf, Tauranga Art Gallery, Canterbury Museum, Sculpture in the Woolshed (Tawharanui), Shapeshifter (New Douse Museum). Works held in British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum (UK), NZ Ambassador’s Residence, Paris (France); University of North Carolina @ Greensboro- Vice Chancellor’s Purchase Award Collection (USA), Auckland Museum, Auckland Botanic Gardens and The James Wallace Arts Trust.