Christmas wouldn’t be the same without old and reliable Santa Claus, right? In this series of photographs, industrial/corporate photographer Ed Wheeler incorporates the jolly man in red and white into some of art’s greatest masterpieces and let us know that the Holidays are getting near!
Channeling different renowned artists of the Renaissance period, photographer Ed Wheeler created a series of photographs that places the well-loved Christmas character and icon into classic paintings. Using paintings by Boticelli, Rembrandt and Michelangelo among others as a backdrop, these fun and quirky photographs offer a hilarious Yuletide twist to art. Wheeler has been dressing up as Santa Claus in the past 25 years for self-portraits and thought of the cool approach to mix things up. A nice move, we’d say.
Although the “Classic Santas” series is a poke of fun at the traditional images of the jolly gift-giver, Wheeler said that he aims to pay homage to these classic works of art rather than defame them. Ed Wheeler talks about the process:
Despite the seeming simplicity of this act, it became an exercise in deduction, duplicity, and deformity. The phrase “artistic license” must have been coined by the masters, for no man is capable of the contortions needed to recreate the postures the artists concocted for their subjects. The arm too long, the hand too thin, the spine too serpentine, the light too multidirectional—all become apparent on close scrutiny of the canvases.
Would you like to see more photos of Santa in different masterpieces? Be sure to check out Wheeler’ Behance gallery here.