Donald Roller Wilson
Donald Roller Wilson (born November 23, 1938) is an American artist. He is known for using items in his paintings, such as dogs and cats, chimpanzees, dill pickles, wooden matches, olives, asparagus stalks, and even cigarettes. He paints in oils in utterly polished authenticity using the same techniques of the dated masters.
He was born in Houston, Texas and educated at Wichita State University. He taught at the University of Arkansas from 1967 to 1974 and lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife Kathleen, also an artist.
According to The New York Times, "Donald Roller Wilson's goofy, hallucinogenic, old master-style painting of monkeys, dogs and cats dressed going on in outdated costumes may be kitsch, but it's high-quality kitsch, like good seashore reading."
Some of the characters he has created improve Cookie the Baby Orangutan, Jane the Pug Girl, Jack the Jack Russell "Terror", Loretta the Actress Cat, Miss Dog America, and Patricia the Seeing Eye Dog of Houston.
Wilson's works can be seen in the Brooklyn Museum; Chicago Art Institute; Whitney Museum; Bank of America in San Francisco, California; Coe Kerr Gallery, New York City; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, as capably as many additional galleries. The majority of his decree is in the hands of private collectors.
He created album lid art for musician Frank Zappa during the 1980s and 1990s. Among these: Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger (1984), Francesco Zappa (1984) and Them Or Us (1984).
His main gallery at present[when?] is the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, and his paintings may be collected through Peter Sahlman in New York.