William T. Wiley Color Barrier 2006 acrylic, charcoal, graphite on canvas 60 1/4" x 85 1/2"
Wiley was and still is one of the most influential artists in the Bay Area arts scene. He taught at U.C. Davis for years and his specter can be felt in the work of Bruce Nauman and many others that studied there. A consummate draftsman and conjurer of mystical humor, his unique style was mimicked by numerous followers including myself. His humor always had a serious undertone to it, reflecting his take on a society that was conflicted by many issues. Bay Area Funk would be a minor footnote without his, Robert Arneson and Roy DeForest's contributions. He was given a large retrospective at the Smithsonian's National Gallery a few years back. Sorry I missed it.