William Wiley

William T. Wiley is primarily known for mystical watercolors that whimsically move between references to pop culture, literature, and art history, though he has worked in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, film, and performance. Though he was born in Indiana, Wiley is closely associated with the California Bay Area. After attending the San Francisco Art Institute (then known as the California School of Arts), Wiley, along with Robert Hudson, Bruce Nauman, Robert Arneson, and Roy DeForest, among others, formed the Bay Area Funk movement, which gained national notoriety after the infamous "Funk Art" exhibition in 1967 at the University Art Museum in Berkeley (now the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive). Often zigging when the established art world zagged, Wiley began creating large, unctuous paintings inspired by the Abstract Expressionist and Bay Area Figuration movements of the time, only to swiftly move away from them in the late '60s to develop his cartoonish figurative style, which waned in popularity as Minimalist and Conceptual art became fashionable. From his abstract origins Wiley developed an eccentric and idiosyncratic range of absurd imagery and artistic styles, through which he comments on current political and environmental affairs.

DISCOVER

a treasure trove of fine art from the world's most renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. We offer exclusive works you can't find anywhere else.

LEARN

through exclusive content featuring art news, collecting guides, and interviews with artists, dealers, collectors, curators and influencers.

BUY

authentic artworks from across the globe. Collecting with us means you're helping to sustain creative culture and supporting organizations that are making the world a better place.

CONNECT

with our art advisors for buying advice or to help you find the art that's perfect for you. We have the resources to find works that suit your needs.

INSIDER ACCESS TO THE WORLD'S BEST ART

Artspace offers you authentic, exclusive works from world-renowned artists, galleries, museums and cultural institutions. Collecting with us helps support creative culture while bringing you art news, interviews and access to global art resources.

  • COLLECT FROM 300+ GALLERIES & MUSEUMS