donald roller wilsonAmerican (b. 1938)

Donald Roller Wilson is an artist 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 God is so much bigger than you are. And yet everything you are, do and see is filled with God: the grass, the asphalt, and the people fighting over Aquanet at Walmart. . . .You can make a profound intellectual statement just by basing your efforts on silliness.”

Roller’s lush, colorfully painted canvases are inhabited by animals dressed in elaborate fashion: monkeys, cats and dogs as well as floating olives, tulips, cigarette butts, sweating 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’s art can be found in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums including: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. His work has been collected by many notable Hollywood stars and influencers including Steve Martin, Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Charles Schwab and the late Robin Williams.