William T. Wiley, ‘CHEAP MYSTERY’, 1965, Alpha 137 Gallery
William T. Wiley, ‘CHEAP MYSTERY’, 1965, Alpha 137 Gallery

For offer here is a rare print from the mid 1960s "Cheap Mystery" by legendary California funk artist William T. Wiley, from an unknown edition. However, what makes this special is that it features, exceptionally, extensive hand drawing and hand additions in colored markers, making the present work completely unique. The sheet measures 17.75 by 21.75 and it is sold matted to the original black board (shown). Acquired from the Elliot Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California.

Signature: Plate signed and dated 1965 on the print; with extensive hand drawing and hand coloring by the artist

This was acquired from the Elliot Fouts Gallery in Sacramento, California

About William T. Wiley

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.

American, b. 1937, Bedford, Indiana, based in California

Group Shows

2016
John Natsoulas Gallery, 
Davis,
2016
Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, 
Davis, CA, United States,
"Out Our Way"
2015
2015
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