donald roller wilsonAmerican (b. 1938)

A resident of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Donald Roller Wilson is a painter who describes his work as a “by-product of his thoughts.” According to him, he spends his “days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network. . . . More than anything, my work deals with pointlessness. It takes all the arrogance out of everything you do when you know that God is so much bigger than you are. And yet everything you are and do and see is filled with God: the grass, the asphalt, and the people fighting over Aquanet at Wal-Mart. . . .You can make a profound intellectual statement just by basing your efforts on silliness.” His canvases, painted in lush colors in realist style, are inhabited by animals, many of them monkeys, cats, and dogs as well as floating olives, cigarette butts, pickles, and melon wedges that he attributes, not to a surrealist style, but to a “strong night wind that whips through and causes things to happen.” Donald Roller Wilson has work in many important permanent collections, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Nelson-Atkins Museum, just to name a few. His work is also included in several corporate collections, including Bank of America, Frito Lay Corporation and Browning Ferris Corporation. Collectors of note include Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Steve Martin.