Santa Classics is a series of images created by Philadelphia-based artist and photographer Ed Wheeler. Dressing up as Santa Claus, Wheeler enters into great masterworks of art, with humor and reverence for the originals.
Over the years, Ed Wheeler has researched hundreds of paintings and found that certain compositions beckon to him for a “Santa intervention.” Often Santa replaces a main figure in a painting; sometimes he is added to a group composition or he may even be the single human presence in a landscape. Ed’s intent is to pay homage to the original paintings while offering art lovers an additional reason to smile. Once a painting is selected, he embarks on a multi-step process to fully integrate Santa into the lighting, brushstrokes and tonal values of a particular painting while maintaining the fidelity of the original.