Greytown, Wellington, New Zealand
About Adam Wheatley
Australian artist, illustrator & feature film artisan. Currently working on 'The Hobbit' in New Zealand. I grew up in hippie communes, on a desert island with a pet dingo, and outback mining towns. After leaving school, I did an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic with BHP, Western Australia. In my spare time I designed tattoos and read vast numbers of comics and graphic novels. The mining life was a drag for a creative. So I bought a one way ticket to Europe, where I partied long and hard. On returning to Perth, WA, I began art school. But I left in the second year due to disagreements with the education process. In 1998, I started a commercial art business, which was great fun. In 2002, I moved to Sydney to work on feature films. First up was 'Star Wars 3' at Fox Studios. Then 'Stealth' (pretty bad), 'Narnia - The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe'(bit mawkish),'King Kong' and 'Superman Returns' (never seen it). I became a full-time artist in 2005. Following 3 successful solo shows I got picked up by galleries in Sydney and Melbourne. Did numerous group shows from 2008 'til now. Also had many works in fine art auctions, with a 100% strike rate. I went back to feature films late 2009, working on the 'Mad Max 4 - Fury Road. I'm currently a sculptor on 'The Hobbit' in New Zealand. I live with my wife and daughter, a pet lamb and 3 guinea pigs in Greytown, a small town near Wellington. Working on a fresh batch of artwork at the moment.