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Donald Roller Wilson's Paintings go on View


An American painter with a singularly Gothic vision, Donald Roller Wilson, the juror of the Tacoma Art Museum Northwest Biennial uses a meticulous classical realism in the service of darkly humorous subject matter. His hyper-realistic style of painting heightens his bizarre, comic subjects; each work is accompanied by a poetic, enigmatic description. In his introduction to A Strong Night Wind, actor Robin Williams describes Wilson as "a cross between William Faulkner and Dr. Seuss with a bit of the Old Testament."

A selection of paintings by Wilson will be shown in the second floor Foyer Gallery this summer (1997). His work has been the subject of three books, and his paintings are included in museums and private collections throughout the United States. Wilson is a native of Houston and currently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The exhibition is curated by Greg Bell, in assistance from the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco.

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