James Allan Wheeler was born in 1944 in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art, whilst training as a carpet designer. He then moved to England, to work at one of Yorkshire’s largest carpet manufacturers. As Design Studio Manager there, he carved out a highly successful career, becoming one of the U.K’s leading carpet designers.
With colour and composition being so important in his professional designs, James allowed this to flow naturally through the subtlety of hue and texture in his landscapes. Painting primarily in oils on cork, his work straddles the contemporary and the timeless, inviting viewers to a personal interpretation of his painting.
It is in the light and atmosphere of the landscape, where James aims to mix ‘memory and desire’. Inspiration is drawn from visits to his homeland, Scotland and from holidays spent in France, Venice and the Mediterranean islands. Closer to home, his love of the lake District and magnificent Yorkshire scenery also inspires.
James has had many successful exhibitions in the North of England and has been regional winner of the Laing Art Exhibition, exhibited at the Leeds Open Art Exhibition and the Leicestershire Art for Schools and Colleges Exhibition.
James is a member of the Fine Arts Trade Guild.
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