8th Day of Christmas Collecting: William T. Wiley's Dark Humor

By Gregory Disney-Britton
Gregory Disney's Britton hold up "Slightly Ahead of Season" by Indiana-born artist William T. Wiley 
On the 8th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a limited-edition print by William T. Wiley. Born in Bedford, IN in 1937, he is most associated with the California Bay Area where he is also known for watercolors that combine Buddhist iconography and ark political humor. There is a recurring spiritual journeyman character in some of his works, a lanky cone-headed figure named Mr. Unnatural. Wiley's work is in the permanent collections of major institutions such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Today's gift, "Slightly Ahead of the Seasons" is from the Tamarind Institute.
In the studio with William T. Wiley. Courtesy of Ochi Gallery
William Wiley, Slightly Ahead of the Seasons, 2001 (01-310)Only sold as part of the Exquisite Corpse suite
"Alchemical Lyon Tortured by Abstractions" 2005 - 62 x 72"
William T. Wiley's "The Myth of Sissy Fuss" (2011); Woodcut with acrylic ink printed on Rives BFK; 31 1/2 × 23 in; Edition 4/6.