William T. Wiley - Wash Doubt
American, b.1937
Wash Doubt, 1975
Lithograph, 22 x 30 inches
Edition of 80
Landfall Press

Alumni Gift

A look at the work of William T. Wiley reveals an honest love of the land and a genuine child-like interest in minutia. This quality in turn is reflected in Wiley's style. In his two-dimensional works there are unmistakable references to comic strips, coloring books and children's book illustrations. Applied to the adult world of landscape painting, mysticism and ecology his pieces create an off-balance, fresh quality that is part of Wiley's distinction. He likes to write all over his work--to include passages from logs, or notebooks, or fragments from letters to or from friends.
William T. Wiley's work spans painting, sculpture, watercolor, set design, and filmmaking. He made his first prints in 1972 at Landfall Press in Wiley: A Decade of Prints. A committed printmaker, he has worked at Crown Point Press frequently since 1978. He participated in the group exhibition Committed to Print at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1988. In September 2007, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco organized and exhibited a William T. Wiley print retrospective at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.