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 Will Wilson  (1957 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: trompe l'oeil painter, still life, portrait, allegory

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Will Wilson
from Auction House Records.
A Year With Reynolds Price, 2002
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Biography from John Pence Gallery:
Will Wilson is a master of his painting craft, painting slowly and meticulously.  He creates between 8-10 works each year, ranging in size from 9 x 10 inches to 70 x 50 inches.  He works from life and paints figures, florals, still lifes, animals, and self-portraits.  His paintings are tight and precise, working in the tradition of the great Dutch Masters and the American Masters Harnett and Peto.

For Wilson, it is important to observe, then render all his subjects in the greatest detail. His sense of humor is plainly evident for all to see.  Each of his works, while inspired by trompe l'oeil traditions of the past, contain contemporary references linking his work to the present day.

His illustrations have appeared in Time magazine, Newsweek, and Money Magazine, as well as CD covers and record albums.

In November 2005, the tenth exhibition of his painting was held at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco.  The largest painting in the exhibition was An Arrangement, which depicted twin brothers arranging huge peonies against a backdrop of a landscape.  The scene is complicated and allegorical with the men's bodies seeming titanic and heroic contrasted with their facial expressions that convey a single personality with two aspects.  A serene blue sky is behind one of the figures and a treatening cloud behind the other.

Editor, "Exhibitions-Will Wilson", American Arts Quarterly, Fall 2005, pp. 62

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