William T. Wiley
William T. Wiley's fun-loving imagery is wholly original and masterfully drafted. Often containing self-portraits of himself as a jester, Wiley's work gently critiques American culture and politics.
William T. Wiley was born in Bedford, Indiana in 1937. He earned a BFA and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and taught at the University of California, Davis until 1973. The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis organized a retrospective of Wiley's work in 1979. The artist worked extensively at Landfall Press from 1972 to 1989, creating more than forty etchings and lithographs. He was recently in the shop to produce a lithograph in homage to the poet Allen Ginsburg. In Om and Presence for A. G., a skeleton hovers gracefully over a sleeping cupid figure, stealing arrows from his quiver. In this print, Wiley has once again created a singularly-styled image, reminiscent of both Netherlandish paintings and comic books. And, as usual, it bears Wiley's signature draftsmanship and sense of mischief.
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