William Wheeler
Carrington Stop & Recent Plein Air Paintings
November 4 - December 11, 2004
exhibition artwork

In this new body of work, which depicts such iconic locations in Sonoma County as Carrington Stop on Route 1, and Laguna de Santa Rosa, the paintings are unmistakably Wheelers: highly expressive and thickly painted, the result of an earthy, no-holds-barred, de-sublimated process. For this accomplished plein air painter, pictorial conventions are brought in to question, and pigment unregulated.

If to the modernists, plein air specifically refers to painting and sketching out of doors, with roots in the Barbizon School and Impressionism, Wheeler's commitment to the tradition is passionate and steadfast. The outdoors is his sanctified studio, nature his domain, and the act of painting provides a necessary - especially in these difficult times - communion with truth and beauty..

Yet to the post-modernists it is clear that Wheeler's






pictures resonate with diverse aesthetic strategies. From Realism to Regionalism, from German Expressionism to Gestural Painting, his work cannot be fixed in a given time, tradition or place. In this sense, Wheeler's work is always contemporary…always of the moment..

The critic Allan Temko wrote in 1999, "like all honest modern painting, Wheeler's







painting respects the two-dimensional picture plane." What these vibrant pictures do respect is Painting and yet, they burst out of the two-dimensional plane into a studied but wild multiple dimensionality..

Bill Wheeler, in his own words from his book







"Dialectic Polarity in Art" 2002 explains, "The artist comes to a canvas, paint and brush in hand, the act of painting opens the canvas to the room with windows and a proliferation of dimension."

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Born: Norwalk, CT 1940

EDUCATION
B.A. Yale University, New Haven, CT 1962
San Francisco Art Institure, San Francisco, CA 1963
Queens College, New York, NY

COLLECTIONS
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California
M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco, California
The Oakland Museum, Oakland, California
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, Connecticut

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004 Carrington Stop & Recent Plein Air Paintings, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 Favorite Places, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Town & Country, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1998 Bolinas Gallery, Bolinas, CA
1996 Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, CA; The Masika Gallery, Seattle, WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS CONT'D
1995 Bradford Gallery, San Anselmo, CA; So Fo Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA; King Heller Gallery, Freestone, CA
1992 Jessica Framer Gallery, Occidental, CA
1989 University Club, San Francisco, CA
1988 Canesa Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1965 Buzz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2004 Botany 12, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA; See California Now, Gallery C, Hermosa Beach, CA
2002 Northwest Plein Aire, Augen Gallery, Portland, OR
2001 Play Ball!, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000 The California Landscape, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Intimate Interiors: Scenes from Private Life, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 By-the-Sea, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
1998 Bits & Pieces, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Modern Romantics, George Krevsky Galley, San Francisco, CA; Cross Country Tour, Century Club, New York, NY
1997 Offshore: Paintings of the Farallones, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA; The Joys of Summer, George Krevsky Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1995 George Krevsky Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1993 Century Association, New York, NY
1993 Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Napa, CA
1992 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Jessica Framer Gallery, Occidental, CA
1991 J. Noblett Gallery, Boyes Hot Springs, CA; Dominican College, San Rafael, CA
1990-95 Fence Show, Sebastopol, CA