Colin Wheeler Important & Unseen

by Insiders Dunedin

Colin Wheeler - Important & Unseen at The Artist's Room Gallery, Dunedin

Colin Wheeler was born in Dunedin in 1919, he passed away in June 2012.

Wheeler was an Otago man, both by birth and residence. He took up commercial art as a career. First studying at the Canterbury School of Art and then at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London, and subsequently became an art teacher at Waitaki Boys’ High School. 

Retired from teaching, and living in Oamaru, Colin sometimes painted  up to 70 hours per week. He has held several solo exhibitions of his painting and is very well known for his Historic High Country Sheep Station books.

His favourite subject matter includes buildings, the landscape and related activities, and his well-known books chronicling the old sheep stations of New Zealand reflect this interest.  His work has been keenly collected throughout the six decades that he was been painting and is exhibited in numerous public and private collections throughout New Zealand as well as abroad. Colin has won the National Bank Art Competition and has had numerous placings in the distinguished Kelliher Art Competition.

This show is a collection of important and unseen draft drawings and paintings as well as a small handful of oils – that were left in the artist’s studio.

All are available for sale.



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