WHEELER Colin

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Colin was born in Dunedin in 1919 Died June 2012Colin Wheeler is an Otago man, both by birth and residence. He took up commercial art as a career, studying first 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 still paints for 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 has 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.

Wheeler was a life member and patron of the society. After he died in June last year, his family donated to the society frames he had made and other memorabilia, including catalogues of exhibitions with personal comments written inside, boards of pictures he used for inspiration and a drawing board riddled with pin marks.  

* Bio Supplied by the artist.

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District: Oamaru

Type: Painter

Represented by: Saffron Gallery of Art

Artwork type/s: Paintings

Education: 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.

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