Beck Wheeler

Represented Artist

Beck Wheeler

Represented Artist

Beck Wheeler makes eccentric creations of child-like innocence. The naïve characters in her sculptures, paintings and soft toys live in a world of colour, texture and abstraction. Wheeler is renowned world-wide for her work; having created design toys for famous musician Beck, being invited to be part of the 2009 Best British Illustration exhibition and exhibiting her work throughout Australia, Spain, UK, USA and Canada.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Beck Wheeler is a multi-disciplinary artist who works across the fields of painting, sculpture and digital media. Beck creates works of pop surrealism using found objects, enamel, acrylic and wood. Her artworks create a visual language which explores character based narratives through neo-tribalism.

Her character-based work brings together aspects from her German childhood and her New Zealand/Australian upbringing. Beck was born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in Beach Haven, New Zealand. Wheeler started drawing characters as a kid, and over the years has learnt to carve, sculpt and paint. In 2000 Wheeler moved to Australia where she lived until 2010. While living in Melbourne, Wheeler established herself as a multi-disciplinary artist and installed her character based works in galleries, alley ways, and shop windows.

In 2008 Wheeler was named one of Australia’s Top Ten Creatives by Design Quarterly. Beck has exhibited her works in Japan, UK, USA, Australia, Spain and New Zealand. In 2010 Beck Wheeler moved from urban Australia to rural New Zealand. Since making this move her work has become increasingly influenced by nature and her own domestic environment. 

EDUCATION

2010 Bachelor in Creative Technologies (First Class Honors)
2003 Diploma in Visual Arts (Illustration) NMIT, Melbourne
1997 Projectionist Certification and Training Hoyts Cinemas, Auckland, New Zealand
1996 Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture/Painting) UNITEC, New Zealand
1995-2011 Studies within various short course and intensive Visual Art workshops.

RESIDENCIES

2014 Artist at Residence at Studio Kura, Itoshima, Fukuoaka Prefecture, Japan

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Itoahima Characters, Studio Kura Gallery, Itoshima, Japan
2014 Heart of Auckland, Freyburg Square, Auckland, NZ- Part of Auckland Art Week 2014
2014 The Food Show, Penny Contemporary, Hobart, Tasmania, AUST
2013 Yeeha to Piha, West Coast Gallery, Piha, NZ
2012 Domesticated Deities – Exhibition of ceramic and found object sculpture – Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2012 Gone Bush – Exhibition of Paintings – fortyfivedownstairs – Melbourne, AUST
2012 Pepper Pets – Exhibition of 3D works – CSArt Gallery – Reggio Emilia, Italy
2011 Masterworks Showcase – Exhibition of 3D works – Masterworks Gallery – Auckland, NZ
2011 Tarts and Flours, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AUST
2010 The Swanndris Guys, Exhibition of 2D, 3D and digital works – The High Seas, Auckland, NZ
2009 Totally Totem – Exhibition of sculptural works Craft Victoria, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, and AUST
2008 Hey, Hey, Which Way? – Exhibition of Works on Paper /Installation UBER, St Kilda, VIC, AUST
2007 Get Stuffed – Installation of soft sculpture Melbourne Fringe Festival Hub, VIC, AUST
2006 The Toy Shop Sale – Installation of soft sculpture and textiles Encounter, Craft Victoria, VIC, AUST
2005 ‘If I told you that I loved you would you scratch me on the ear?’ – Exhibition of paintings Hudsons, Balaclava, VIC, AUST

Group Exhibitions

2014 Kunisaki Arts Festival Exhibition, Oita Prefecture, Japan
2014 Chuffed Group Show, Chuffed Cafe, Auckland, NZ- Part of Auckland Art Week 2014
2014 A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best Film Clips, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD, AUST
2013 The Art of Cirque du Soleil, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, QLD, AUST
2013 Starting Small, Porter Contemporary, NY, USA
2013 Group Exhibition, Toy Tokyo, New York, USA
2012 Mixed Tape – Corbans Arts Estate Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2011 Artecycle, Incinerator Arts Complex, Melbourne, AUST
2011 Homage to Frida, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, AUST
2010 Land of the Rising Stars, The Pink Cow, Shibuya, Japan
2009 Forty Thieves, Gorker Gallery, Melbourne, AUST
2008 Head Case Sofitel, Melbourne, VIC, AUST
2008 Icon5 Roadshow The Roosevelt Hotel, NewYork, USA
2008 Forty Thieves Gorker Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, AUST
2007 Hung By The Sticky Bits Until Never Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, AUST
2007 Gas projects Sense Assault Sydney, NSW, AUST
2007 Plastic Pimps Grand Central Records, Melbourne,VIC, AUST
2007 Latex For Fun Vallery Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Blame it on the Rain Misty Bar, Hosier Lane, VIC, AUST
2006 Anti Mascot Project Platform 2, Flinders St Station, VIC, AUST
2005 Stuffed This Is Not Art Festival, NSW, AUST
2005 Plush Rush Courtland Avenue, Ohio, USA
2005 Plush You Schmancy, Seattle, USA
2005 Beat the Pony Outskirts Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC, AUST
2004 Whitewall Westspace, Melbourne, VIC, AUST
2004 Performance Victoria Arts Centre,VIC, AUST

PUBLICATIONS

Goodweekend (The Age, AUST) Inside Design review (AUST)
Preview Magazine (The Age, AUST) Australian Art Review (AUST)
Make Magazine (USA) MX Magazine (AUST)
IdN Design Review (Hong Kong) STU (AUST)
Plush Toys/ Lark Books (USA) Chik Magazine (AUST)
Sydney Morning Herald (AUST) Dumbo Feather (AUST)

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2014 OE14, Endemic World, Auckland, NZ
An exhbition of pop surrealism paintings by four New Zealnd artists. Artworks by Beck Wheeler, Cinzag Merkins, Gary Silipa and Sean Duffell. These four artists completed artist residencies in 2014 and bought the work they created back to New Zealnd for a group show about their travels. Curated by Beck Wheeler.
2008 Hung By The Sticky Bits, Until Never Gallery, VIC, Australia
An exhibition of contemporary illustration showcasing works by eight international artists working
in the fields of Graphic Design, Gaming, Animation, and Illustration. Featured artists showed a
range of original drawings, paintings, limited edition prints and sculptural works.
Project was curated by Beck Wheeler for Until Never Gallery.
2005 Stuffed, This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
A group exhibition incorporating soft sculpture, textile design and painting by a group of emerging
international artists. The works were inspired by the aesthetics of plush toys and explored the
darker side of cute.Twenty-eight artists were involved. Five painters and twenty-three soft sculpture/textile artists.
Project was curated by Beck Wheeler. The group were given an empty shop front in Newcastle to
convert into an exhibition space for the This Is Not Art festival.

AWARDS

Gold- Illustrators Australia Awards
Purple Pin- New Zealnd Best Awards
Gold Pin- New Zealnd Best Awards
Distinguishes Merit- 3×3 Magazine- NY, USA
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