Doug Wheeler was born in 1937 in Globe, Arizona, and currently lives and works between Los Angeles and Santa Fe. He began his painting career while studying at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (now the California Institute of the Arts). Along with Robert Irwin, James Turrell and others, Doug Wheeler is considered one of the pioneers of the ‘Light and Space’ movement. He is fascinated by the way light can transform entire landscapes and eliminate all spatial-temporal references, and define new ones. Using artificial light sources as a medium, Wheeler creates ambient works that invite the viewers to immerse themselves in them: large fields of hypnotic and inconsistent light that disorientate us and make us aware of our physical limits. These large-scale structures, modulated by light only, make the space seem continuous and infinite, completely changing our perception of the architecture.
Doug Wheeler exhibited at the 49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, France (2012) and his work was included in a group exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2015-16). For the exhibition ‘The Illusion of Light’ the artist transformed the atrium of Palazzo Grassi into his N SF 12 PG VI (2012).