While the rotund man in red only comes around once a year, there’s no reason he can’t permanently ensconce himself in timeless works of art. Equally parts entertaining and informative, photographer Ed Wheeler’s “Santa Classics” provides viewers with an insight into St. Nick’s hobbies and pastimes outside of squeezing into small spaces.
Wheeler, who has been in the field for 35 years, began his series of humorous Santa self-portraits several years ago, only deciding to up the ante to include classic works of art relatively recently. The move worked out well for him: this October, the Philadelphia Museum of Art decided to publish Wheeler’s series as Christmas cards.
From hanging colored lights to the dreamlike footbridges of Giverny, to rubbing elbows with Moulin Rouge courtesans, Santa’s got more up his sleeve than presents. Be sure to visit Wheeler’s website for more glimpses into the life of Santa Claus, art aficionado.