TASCHEN Neon No.1 (detail), 2009
Borosilicate glass, argon gas, enamel; Lamp-worked
Photo: Nick Moss
Wheater works with glass and neon through performance and installation. An early interest in the process of skill development has been superseded by a thirst for conveying a strong narrative. Interest in debates concerning mankind’s relationship with the environment dictated his material choice: glass and light.
TASCHEN Neon No.1 represents Wheater’s interest in 20th century industrial objects and their relationship with the natural environment. It was one of three works commissioned by the Crafts Council to be displayed in the Taschen store front during Collect, May 2009. Familiar shapes attributed to the generating of electricity are fashioned in borosilicate glass, filled with gas and excited with electricity.
Born in 1978 in England, Richard graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and completed his MA at the Alfred University in New York.
Richard is an artist with a fascination for glass and neon that uses performance and installation to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. He is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards and scholarships from institutions including the Arts Council, Crafts Council, John Downes Memorial Trust, Wingate Scholarship and was nominated for Northern Art Prize in 2009. He has exhibited at both the British and the European Glass Biennales and has a public work at Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, Scotland.