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Donald Roller Wilson
The Clone, the Fuse, and Sister Dinah Might

1978

US$375,000

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A painting by Donald Roller Wilson. "The Clone, the Fuse, and Sister Dinah Might" is a contemporary surrealist painting, oil on canvas in a palette of warm colors by Post-War American artist Donald Roller Wilson. The artwork is signed in the lower right, "DONALD ROLLER WILSON (heart symbol)". Donald Roller Wilson takes his silliness seriously. Houston born and Fayetteville, Arkansas-based, Roller is a Gothic storyteller with the phenomenal technique and precision of an old master, animating his paintings with finely wrought clothed chimpanzees, dogs, and cats, wooden matches, dill pickles, asparagus stalks, olives, and cigarette butts. He creates characters like 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. Each spring from the artist's hyper-vivid imagination into lengthy caption fantasies and onto canvases that require an enormous amount of time to complete, all painted in vivid detail, reminiscent of the 16th century Dutch masters. His oil paintings are explicitly detailed, but unusual. The Washington Post stated "One utterly forgives the painter's self-indulgences for one reason . . . He is technically impeccable." Roller Wilson's recognizable works hang in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Whitney Museum, New York, New York; Bank of America, San Francisco, CA; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC. Provenance: Private Collection, California

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