John Wehrle

(American, born 1941)

Richmond, California-based artist John Wehrle creates work in several mediums. He is best known for his murals and site-specific installations. He states that he “attempts to create artworks that expand beyond the frame, and ideally convey the underlying mystery of the thing viewed.”

Wehrle grew up in Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Tech University, where he was a cartoonist for the student newspaper. Wehrle joined the U.S. Army and was the leader of the first “combat artist” team sent to cover the war in Vietnam in 1966. His "war” paintings are in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the United States Army in Virginia. He went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.