While Donald Roller Wilson uses classical techniques and compositional qualities, the whimsical, tongue-in-cheek subject matter transition his art into the modern era. The classical style is not just the backdrop for Donald Roller Wilson’s sense of humor, but it’s an integral part of pulling off it off. His art features a rotating cast of characters including Miss Dog America, Jane the pug, and Cookie the orangutan staged for traditional portraits, and often in period appropriate costume. Combining a host of historical influences including the 16th century Dutch masters and the 20th century surrealist movement, Donald Roller Wilson has found a style as unique as the stories he tells.
Donald Roller Wilson considers himself a “gothic storyteller,” and his art is often accompanied by elaborate tales about his character’s lives. His work can be found in a number of significant museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Brooklyn museum. His art was featured on a several Frank Zappa album covers and has been collected by numerous of celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Steve Martin, and Elizabeth Taylor.