William T. Wiley, ‘Abstraction with Torture Chamber’, 2009, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, Hosfelt Gallery
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William T. Wiley

Abstraction with Torture Chamber, 2009

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
62 × 75 in
157.5 × 190.5 cm
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San Francisco
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Hosfelt Gallery
San Francisco

For over 50 years, Wiley has distinguished himself as an artist who challenges the precepts of …

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William T. Wiley
American, b. 1937
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New York Times art critic Ken Johnson once said of William T. Wiley that “you might think he’d been invented by Thomas Pynchon.” Wiley was one of the founding fathers of West Coast Funk Art, alongside Robert Arneson, Roy Robert Hudson, and Roy DeForest. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with his offbeat representational style and narrative focus in painting, which was then in opposition to the widespread influence of Abstract Expressionism. Wiley’s works combined mystical iconography from Zen Buddhism, textual elements, regional aesthetics, humanist philosophy, and darkly funny commentary on politics, environmental issues, and global conflict. There is a recurring character in some of his works, a lanky figure with an awkward nose in a dunce cap and a bathrobe, named Mr. Unnatural. Wiley also creates drawings and assemblage sculpture.

William T. Wiley, ‘Abstraction with Torture Chamber’, 2009, Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper, Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, Hosfelt Gallery
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Hosfelt Gallery
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For over 50 years, Wiley has distinguished himself as an artist who challenges the precepts of mainstream art. His work is not readily classifiable into any movement or stylistic trend. Combining humble materials, found objects, personal symbols, enigmatic texts, and references to art history, popular culture, and …

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William T. Wiley
American, b. 1937
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New York Times art critic Ken Johnson once said of William T. Wiley that “you might think he’d been invented by Thomas Pynchon.” Wiley was one of the founding fathers of West Coast Funk Art, alongside Robert Arneson, Roy Robert Hudson, and Roy DeForest. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with his offbeat representational style and narrative focus in painting, which was then in opposition to the widespread influence of Abstract Expressionism. Wiley’s works combined mystical iconography from Zen Buddhism, textual elements, regional aesthetics, humanist philosophy, and darkly funny commentary on politics, environmental issues, and global conflict. There is a recurring character in some of his works, a lanky figure with an awkward nose in a dunce cap and a bathrobe, named Mr. Unnatural. Wiley also creates drawings and assemblage sculpture.

William T. Wiley

Abstraction with Torture Chamber, 2009

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas
62 × 75 in
157.5 × 190.5 cm
Sold
Location
San Francisco
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