Donald Roller Wilson

Artist

Roller believes that people have angels working throught them – I believe that people have imperatives; a primary one being the one we cannot escape dealing with – the one with which we have to interact. For me then, Roller is an angel with imperatives, and an angel with whom I love to interact.

So says Carrie Fisher.

Roller has an incredible site. His paintings are portraits of various animals caught in their finery – monkeys, dogs, and cats preparing for various family functions. The Virgin Mary floats in and out of these pictures in her various disguises – a floating olive, a ham, a smoldering cigarette butt. And everything happens in the various locales of Brenda's Nut Farm. I know you go there. Roller has seen you.

Here's one of Roller's titles:

COOKIE…SEEN FOLLOWING THE THIRD, OFF SEASON GARDEN BAT MITZVAH HELD FOR HER HALF SISTER, NAUGHTY BETTY…(WHICH – LIKE THE FIRST TWO – DIDN'T TAKE)…

WITH NAUGHTY BETTY HAVING BEEN OBSERVED BY THE HOLY VIRGIN, ASCRIBING WRONG NAMES TO THE FRUITS ON THE BUFFET – THEN CAUSING THEM TO BECOME AIRBORNE…

STAGED IN THE FLOWER GARDEN ADJACENT TO BRENDA'S NUT FARM…(ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1938, PRECISELY AT 2:48 PM, ELEVEN DAYS PRIOR TO HALLOWEEN)…

AND WITH LITTLE COOKIE'S EYES ABOUT TO POP FROM IT ALL…

The picture is of a perfectly respectful orangutan in a gorgeous red dress with white collars. Cookie holds a bouquet of various flowers, and her headpiece is composed of a magnificent arrangement of flowers and fruits. At Cookie's side, what appears to be a strawberry floats along, although only Cookie knows for sure what Naughty Betty had named it before setting it free. Roller gives you several chances to observe details of the portrait – the grape bunch with golden highlights, the mottled hands grasping the dewy bouquet, Cookie's exquisite eyes so close to popping.

Indulge yourself with some spectacular art.

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