Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery

Summer Wheat (USA, 1977)
Movie Star Day (Right), 2021
Acrylic and gouache on aluminum mesh
176.5 x 362 cm framed

Inspired by weaving, the artist plays with historical references from Egyptian pictography, Native American imagery, French post-impressionism and American pop art through an inventive process of passing paint through an aluminium mesh. In her practice, Wheat is influenced both by ontological and historical predecessors, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Edgar Degas and Andy Warhol.
Wheat’s practice is formulated by drawing—using line as a foundational element revealing bodies and objects in complex scenarios.

Summer Wheat was born in 1977 in Oklahoma City, OK. She received a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC (2021); Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery Luxembourg (2020); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2020); KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY (2019); Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Smack Mellon, New York, NY (2018); Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (2017); and Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City, OK (2016). Summer Wheat’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Peréz Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL; The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY. Wheat has received several awards and prizes including, the Northern Trust Purchase Prize at EXPO Chicago (2019) and the New York NADA Artadia Award (2016). Summer Wheat is working with International Architects Atelier to transform the Beaux- Arts Conservatory on the property of the Kansas City Museum. Her light filed sacred space titled JewelHouse, is set to open end 2023.