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Offline Sue Mee

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Donald Roller Wilson
« on: March 11, 2010, 10:17:45 PM »
The beautiful glasswork and the lid on Dave Gross'  upcoming Old School title Sue Mee reminded me of how much I love the work of Donald Roller Wilson.  To see one of Roller's original pieces in person is breathtaking and I always find it hard to believe it's actually oil on canvas.

Here's one of my favorite Roller paintings.  

1.    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604702_2GWNn-O.jpg

Take a look at the detail from this painting.  The glass ketchup bottle and baby bottle.  The ceramic bowl and metal spoon.  The age and patina on Patricia's high chair.  I never tire of looking at these up close.

2.    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604686_2fLjW-O.jpg

Another brilliant detail showing glass and porclean.
3.   http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604777_trZMd-X2.jpg


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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 03:03:38 AM »
Wow, that is some beautiful detailing in painting!
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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 06:52:10 AM »
The beautiful glasswork and the lid on Dave Gross'  upcoming Old School title Sue Mee reminded me of how much I love the work of Donald Roller Wilson.  To see one of Roller's original pieces in person is breathtaking and I always find it hard to believe it's actually oil on canvas.

Here's one of my favorite Roller paintings.  

1.    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604702_2GWNn-O.jpg

Take a look at the detail from this painting.  The glass ketchup bottle and baby bottle.  The ceramic bowl and metal spoon.  The age and patina on Patricia's high chair.  I never tire of looking at these up close.

2.    http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604686_2fLjW-O.jpg

Another brilliant detail showing glass and porclean.
3.   http://photos.smugmug.com/photos/807604777_trZMd-X2.jpg




I never heard of this artist. I will now! That is amazing. At first I thought it was just a picture instead of a painting.

Offline Sue Mee

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2010, 02:53:49 AM »
Here are a couple more.....

I saw this one in person at an art gallery in Austin, TX.
 





Still another of my favorite Roller works.
 

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2010, 05:16:35 AM »
These are awesome pictures....ummm....I mean paintings. Like Brad, I also thought they were photographs when I first looked at them. I would love to see some in person. Any idea where some of this might be seen? Thanks for posting.

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010, 05:35:30 AM »
Roller is best known for his monkey stuff.  I noticed a place in China is doing what appear to be hand painted knock offs of his work.   The deal here is that the painting costs you 99 cents...they ship it rolled in a tube....they charge you $60 for shipping and handling.  Shipping is actually about $30 for a large size rolled up canvas painting.  So they make their money in the handling charges.  Whether these copies are as good as Roller's actual work, I don't know.  It seems to me the images here are photos of the actual paintings done by Roller. http://cgi.ebay.com/100-handicraft-oil-painting-A-Lovely-monkey_W0QQitemZ310202130083QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Paintings?hash=item48397cdea3  I'd buy one... But who knows what I'd get.  Maybe it would be a really BAD copy.  I don't know.   

Offline Sue Mee

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010, 10:09:04 AM »
These are awesome pictures....ummm....I mean paintings. Like Brad, I also thought they were photographs when I first looked at them. I would love to see some in person. Any idea where some of this might be seen? Thanks for posting.

There is a list of private collections at Roller's website and at the bottom of the page it says you can request a list of public and museum collections and locations of exhibitions.  -  http://www.donaldrollerwilson.com/collections

So you could request a current list by going to here - http://www.donaldrollerwilson.com/contact

I saw some of his work at the Archer M Huntington Art Gallery in Austin, TX and at galleries in L.A. and S.F.





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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2010, 10:14:37 AM »
Roller is best known for his monkey stuff.  I noticed a place in China is doing what appear to be hand painted knock offs of his work. 
  Yeah, he seems to be in a primate phase.  He also gained popularity when Frank Zappa used some of his painting for his album covers in the 1980s.
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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2010, 10:15:40 AM »
Also, here is a description of his technique posted at his website. - http://www.donaldrollerwilson.com/brendas
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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 11:23:30 AM »
That actress who played Lois Lane in the first Superman movie collects his stuff. 

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2010, 04:32:56 AM »
That actress who played Lois Lane in the first Superman movie collects his stuff. 

Margo Kidder (from Superman: the Movie)?  Cool.
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Offline Sue Mee

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Re: Donald Roller Wilson
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2010, 12:48:31 AM »
Roller is best known for his monkey stuff.  I noticed a place in China is doing what appear to be hand painted knock offs of his work.   The deal here is that the painting costs you 99 cents...they ship it rolled in a tube....they charge you $60 for shipping and handling.  Shipping is actually about $30 for a large size rolled up canvas painting.  So they make their money in the handling charges.  Whether these copies are as good as Roller's actual work, I don't know.  It seems to me the images here are photos of the actual paintings done by Roller. http://cgi.ebay.com/100-handicraft-oil-painting-A-Lovely-monkey_W0QQitemZ310202130083QQcmdZViewItemQQptZArt_Paintings?hash=item48397cdea3  I'd buy one... But who knows what I'd get.  Maybe it would be a really BAD copy.  I don't know.   

I prefer his non monkey stuff but I'm inclined to pick one of these up to see what it's like.
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