Born 1948
BFA:  Otis Art Institute, 1971
MFA:  Otis Art Institute, 1973
Recipient of the Elsie De Wolfe Scholarship in Design, 1972-1973
Listed in Who's Who in America:  West,  27th Edition

Bill Wheeler is a printmaker and painter.   He creates his artwork as a kind of visual music, tensions in balance, inspired by the musical elements of the fugue, counterpoint and thematic variations.   And as Time is a major component of music, his interest in archaeology and the passage of time plays a major role in many of the pieces. 

“Printmaking is my primary medium of expression.   I usually try to  incorporate some kind of print media in most of my art.  Even my paintings and drawings usually incorporate elements of or are influenced by the techniques of the original print, especially viscosity prints and relief prints.   Artists traditionally test the limits of their preferred media, and printmakers have always been known to experiment. The inherent unpredictability of printmaking leads me to explore in new directions.  I choose such a demanding form of expression because the visual effects made possible with the many print processes cannot be achieved by any other means. 

"For me, my work must convey a feeling of playfulness or I'm not interested in doing it.  There is already enough angst in the world today without this artist contributing to it.  Like Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, two artists whose works have greatly influenced my style, I try to create my own fantasy world and invite my viewers in for the party.”


(partial listing)

American Bridge (Division of U.S. Steel) Chicago

American National Mortgage

Amfac Hotel, Los Angeles

AMOCO Learning Center, Downer's Grove, IL

ANA Sheraton Hotel, Osaka

Apple Computer

Avery Label

Barbary Coast Hotel, Las Vegas

Bank of America

Columbia Pictures


Compri Hotels

Detroit Edison

Disney Corporation, Disney World

Dow Chemical

Eli Lilly

Emerson Electric, St. Louis

Encyclopedia Britannica

Federal Department of Insurance Corp.

Fireman's Fund Insurance

Ford Motor Company

General American Life Insurance Co., St. Louis

General Motors

Getty Oil

Hilton Hotels

Holiday Inns 

Home Savings and Loan Association

Hyatt Hotels


K-Mart/Kresge Corporate Headquarters


Calvin Klein Cosmetics

Litton Industries

MCI Telecommunications

Mitsui Manufacturer's Bank

Mobil Oil


Pacific Bell

Pennsylvania Life 

Price Waterhouse 

Princess Cruise Lines

Prudential Savings

Ramada Inns

Samaritan Health Services


Sheraton Hotels

Southern California Edison

Southern California Gas Company

Technicolor, Inc.

Toyota Motor Company


U.S. Air

Warner Records



AMOCO Learning Center, Downer's Grove, IL

Barbary Coast Hotel, Las Vegas

Compri Hotel, Ontario, CA

Epicentre Restaurant, Los Angeles

Escondido City Hall, Escondido, CA

General American Life Insurance Co., St. Louis

Kaiser-Permanente, Glendale, CA

Kerry International Hotel, Beijing

National Bank of Detroit, Detroit

Pacific Bell, San Francisco

Princess Cruise Lines: Grand Princess, Golden Princess

Ramada Inn, Agoura Hills, CA

Saks, Boca Raton, FL

Saks, Chevy Chase, MD

Saks, Kansas City, MO

San Diego State University, Malcolm A. Love Library

Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ

Sheraton Universal, Universal City, CA

U.S. Air Terminal, Phoenix International Airport

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