William T. Wiley, ‘DENEB’, 1996, Alpha 137 Gallery
William T. Wiley, ‘DENEB’, 1996, Alpha 137 Gallery
William T. Wiley, ‘DENEB’, 1996, Alpha 137 Gallery
William T. Wiley, ‘DENEB’, 1996, Alpha 137 Gallery

Printed by Shark's Ink, Published by Print Club of Cleveland
or offer here is a fantastic multi color 1996 lithograph, hand signed and numbered by the remarkable well listed California artist William T. Wiley. Some people include Wiley in the genre of California funk, but he is so much more than that. He's a professor, punster (poet laureate) and close friend of Bruce Nauman, who both share the love of words and irony in life and art. The title of this piece is "Deneb" - the brightest star in the distant constellation Cygnus - one of the few that it is said can be seen with the naked eye. Imprinted on the lithograph itself is the next of a poem, as Wiley is famous for incorporating words in his art. This lithograph is unframed (never framed) in excellent condition. It has Deckled Edges so it will look terrific floated and framed.
The Print Club of Cleveland publication No. 7
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Signature: Signed, dated & inscribed "Ed. 265"

Publisher: Print Club of Cleveland

The Print Club of Cleveland publication No. 7

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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