These images were photographed inside the La Brea Tar Pits by Richard Wheeler & are part of Richard’s Artbook project, “Beauty in the Tar Pits”.   Framed & Backlit prints are available, scroll down to the bottom of this page for details. 

Beauty in the Tar Pits

Copyright by Richard Wheeler, September, 2006


About the Artist

Richard Wheeler is an artist who works in a variety of media and a structural integration practitioner who spent 18 years as a research volunteer and staff senior excavator at the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, CA.  Deeply interested in skull architecture, Richard was fortunate to be given the assignment of spending one day a week to organize, describe and catalogue the entire collection of over 1000 saber-toothed cat skulls. This task took eight years to complete. 


Richard's one-man exhibit of photography, 'Nature's Original Oil Paintings', was shown concurrently with the traveling 'Van Gogh' exhibit during the summer of 1999 at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, and simultaneously, as 'Excavator's Ecstasies' in Santa Monica, CA's Bergamot Station Art Center. 


Richard's images were photographed using a handheld Olympus IS-1, 35mm SLR camera with 100mm zoom, a macro lens and Kodak ASA-100 or ASA-400 color film.  Sizes of the original phenomena range from about 3x4 inches to 3x4 feet. 

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