PETE WHEELER: PAINTING OUT OF TIME
30 June – 6 September
Ground floor galleries
For all that Pete Wheeler has never shied away from the big existential issues – sex, death, politics, religion, and indeed he brazenly wrestles it onto his canvas as his subject matter – first and foremost it’s about his love for the materiality of paint. The most dramatic or kitschiest imagery takes a back seat to getting pigment down on a surface in a diversity of techniques, gestures, expressions, and a contradictory, evocative palette that manages to be both lurid and muddy. He is a painter’s painter whose trajectory has taken him from the gothic slacker grunge of the South Island’s art scene, to Berlin where he drank deeply of the echoes and decadent late phase of German post-war neo-expressionist painting. Pete Wheeler: Painting out of Time is an overview of the artist’s work from 2004 to 2019 from the Wallace Arts Trust Collection. - Andrew Paul Wood, 2020.