William T. Wiley, ‘Agent Orange’, 1983, Painting, Acrylic, graphite, ink and mixed media on canvas, Hosfelt Gallery
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William T. Wiley

Agent Orange, 1983

Acrylic, graphite, ink and mixed media on canvas
91 × 128 in
231.1 × 325.1 cm
.
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San Francisco
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Hosfelt Gallery
San Francisco

Defined and unified by a visual vocabulary of repeating motifs combined with cunning word play, …

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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, ‘Agent Orange’, 1983, Painting, Acrylic, graphite, ink and mixed media on canvas, Hosfelt Gallery
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Defined and unified by a visual vocabulary of repeating motifs combined with cunning word play, William T. Wiley’s is an open-ended investigation into the moral issues of the global citizen. He masterfully assembles found objects and common materials upon which he inscribes enigmatic malapropisms, puns and double …

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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

Agent Orange, 1983

Acrylic, graphite, ink and mixed media on canvas
91 × 128 in
231.1 × 325.1 cm
.
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Location
San Francisco
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