The Paintings of Beate Wheeler

by Robert Sievert

 
 

 
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There is a stubborn non-objectivity to the paintings of Beate Wheeler. They spread across the canvas in an insinuating pattern, never expected but always reminiscent of some greater scheme of visual data.

 

A universe of color vibration hums in each of her paintings and each painting takes off in a different direction. In one painting a web of blues,greens and violets float outward from some mysterious center of light. And in another a sea of yellow and purple shapes swirl against a neutral grey background that supports a soft light that is difuse and nonspecific.

 

All sorts of poetic metaphors can be made for her imagery. Wheeler insists that it is automatic, purely the result of her process. The fact remains that they are compelling paintings. One recognizes the craft and skill invested in this work and is held spellbound by the mesmerizing interaction of color, light, and form.


 
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