Donald Roller Wilson
COOKIE...DRESSED AND READY TO ATTEND WHAT WOULD BECOME HER HALF-BROTHER JACK’S SECOND FAILED BAR MITZVAH...BUT WITH COOKIE  WONDERING DURING A STILL MOMENT...THOUGH SHE WOULD NEVER MENTION IT...SHE WAS BEGINNING TO SMELL  A  POTENTIALLY HUGE RAT...
HAD THERE BEEN THE POSSIBILITY HER HALF-SISTER, NAUGHTY BETTY, HAD SUGGESTED THE USE OF RED BUTTONS ON HER NEW DRESS?
, 2014
Oil on canvas in artist's frame
12 x 10 inches
Framed: 30 x 20 x 10 inches

Donald Roller Wilson
COOKIE, 2004
Oil on panel in artist's frame
18 3/8 x 15 3/8 x 2 3/4 inches

Donald Roller Wilson
The Seldom Seen Joanne: Naughty Betty and Mort, 2008
Oil on canvas in artist's frame
18 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
Framed: 24 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 2 5/8 inches

Donald Roller Wilson

Royal Monkey, 1976

Oil on canvas in artist's frame

23 1/4 x 23 1/4 inches

Biography

Donald Roller Wilson was born in Houston, Texas and is currently lives and works in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Roller Wilson is a Gothic storyteller with the phenomenal technique and precision of an old master, animating his paintings with finely wrought clothed chimpanzees, dogs, and cats, wooden matches, dill pickles, asparagus stalks, olives, and cigarette butts. He creates characters like 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. Each spring from the artist's hyper-vivid imagination into lengthy caption fantasies and onto canvases that require an enormous amount of time to complete, all painted in vivid detail, reminiscent of the 16th century Dutch masters. Roller Wilson's recognizable works hang in the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Whitney Museum, New York, New York; Bank of America, San Francisco, CA; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.