US-born Jim Wheeler is an artist predominantly concerned with nature. In particular, he is interested in mankind’s placement within the environmental system – the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living organisms. Wheeler’s crafted sculpture reflects these dynamics, his work focusing on plant communities.
Wheeler studied art and biology at The University of North Carolina. He then completed a two-year apprenticeship at the Johnson Atelier in Princeton, New Jersey. The techniques he learnt during this time enabled him to help re-establish bronze casting in New Zealand at Art Works Studio. Wheeler has been a full-time sculptor since 1989. Alongside this, he has held positions such as lecturing in sculpture at MIT and a Lord of the Rings department head.