Donald Roller Wilson

Born Nov 23, 1938

Donald Roller Wilson is an American artist. He is known for using items in his paintings, such as dogs and cats, chimpanzees, dill pickles, wooden matches, olives, asparagus stalks, and even cigarettes. He paints in oils in very polished realism using the same techniques of the old masters.
He was born in Houston, Texas and educated at Wichita State University. He taught at the University of Arkansas from 1967 to 1974 and lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with his wife Kathleen, also an artist.
According to The New York Times, "Donald Roller Wilson's goofy, hallucinogenic, old master-style painting of monkeys, dogs and cats dressed up in antique costumes may be kitsch, but it's high-quality kitsch, like good beach reading."
Some of the characters he has created include Cookie the Baby Orangutan, Jane the Pug Girl, Jack the Jack Russell "Terror", Loretta the Actress Cat, Miss Dog America, and Patricia the Seeing Eye Dog of Houston.
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