Douglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor AssemblageDouglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor Assemblage

Douglas Fenn Wilson Watercolor Assemblage
Medium: watercolor painting and assemblage
Title: untitled
Signed, Douglas Fenn Wilson
Dated: 1984
Size: 17 ½” x 11 ½”
Frame: 24 1/8” x 18” (original artist-created matt and frame)
Condition: Excellent condition, no damage
Notated: on reverse, in artist’s hand “Framed by Douglas Wilson, September 1984” “Commissioned by Constance Gibson for her son Karl Gibson”.

Douglas Fenn Wilson
For your consideration, a work of Northern California painter and assemblage artist Douglas Fenn Wilson (. This fine work created in watercolor on paper and board, measures 17 ½” x 11 ½”, and is signed “Douglas Fenn Wilson ‘84”. The powerful patron-commissioned multi-tiered watercolor assemblage is of a stately residence and it’s gardens amidst palm trees and buganvilias. The lower portion of the assemblage is composed of a three-dimensional field of painted and board-mounted “tiles” that are affixed to the painting surface on several tiers; the resulting combined layers create, simultaneously, a sense of both calm and disjointedness. The painted tiles are of differing geometric shapes and are each composed of individual painted color fields painted on paper, which in then mounted on cardboard and affixed to the paintings main body. This early Wilson piece is a testament to Wilson’s mastery of figurative painting as well as reflecting his unique signature method of integrating three-dimensional elements to the environments of his paintings. The piece is skillfully and artfully crafted and the assemblage is in excellent condition. In Wilson’s words, “I paint, compose, from a point of view of one standing apart from the present — in some imagined future, looking back at the still frames of my life—moments of captured and remembered beauty — their pasts dissolving into eroded structure, into archeology, the future peeled away and still peeling, until all that’s left is a fabulous glimpse of a present that was."
This is a rare opportunity to purchase an early work by this well-known Northern California artist.

DOUGLAS FENN WILSON
Born: 1953, Orinda, California

EDUCATION
B.A. Dartmouth College,
Hanover, New Hampshire, 1975

AWARDS
The American Artist Watercolor Prize, 1986
Dartmouth General Fellowship for Painting Abroad, 1979
Marcus Hieman Achievement Award, 1975
Marcus Hieman Project Grant, 1975

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Achenbach Foundation), San Francisco, California
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts
Minneapolis Museum of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tucson Art Museum, Tucson Arizona
The Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
Yuma Art Center, Yuma, Arizona

ONE-MAN EXHIBITIONS
2004 University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, “Recent Sculptural Paintings and Portraits”
1991 Marathon Plaza, San Francisco, California, "Large Scale Constructed Paintings"
1986 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Paintings, Sculpture and Furniture"
1984 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "New Work"
1982 Fischbach Gallery, New York, New York
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
1981 Butcher and More Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, "Constructed Paintings"
1980 Janus Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, "Constructed Watercolors & Pastels"
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Constructed Paintings, San Francisco Architecture"
1979 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Recent Work"
1977 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "New Constructions"
1976 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "Watercolors, Pastels, & Oils"
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, "30 Watercolors & Pastels"
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, "20 Watercolors & Pastels"
1975 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California, "30 Watercolors"

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2001 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA. "Three Artists; Three Visions" Douglas Fenn Wilson,
Brian Tedrick, Morley Clark
2000 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA. "The Art of the Wine Label"
1999 Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma, CA. "Sonoma Valley Collects"
1996 Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, A Gift of Vision: The William A. & Susan S. Small Collection
1989 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona "The New/Old landscape"
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
1988 John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California
1987 Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri "Watercolor USA,1987"
1986 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois "The Architectural Image in Contemporary American Realism."
John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California "American Artist Award Winning Artists"
1985 Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
1984 Dewey-Kofron Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1983 University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, "Contemporary Images"
McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, "McNay Art Institute Invitational"
1977 Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, "Recent Acquisitions"
1973-75 Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, "Annual Student Exhibit"

COLLECTIONS
Scudder, Stevens and Clark, Boston
Lochridge and Company, Boston
Deloitte, Haskins, and Sells, New York, New York
Hale and Dorr, Boston, MA.
Allmerica Finance, Worcester, MA.
Greenbaum & Greenbaum, Michigan
The Hibernia Bank, San Francisco, California
Tudor Investments, Boston
Jacobs, Visconsi & Jacobs, Ohio
Madison Kipp Corporation, Wisconsin
State Street Research and Management, Boston, MA.
Itel Corporation, San Francisco, California
Martin Oil Company, Denver, Colorado
Buckeye Petroleum, New Jersey
Pollyea and Associates, Los Angeles, California
Ashland Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona
Potlach Corporation, San Francisco, California
Sprinkling Trust, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hughes Tool Corporation, Houston, Texas
Butterfield Savings & Loan, Santa Ana, California
Dean Witter Reynolds, San Francisco, California
Criswell Development Corporation, Dallas, Texas
Bay West Development Corporation, San Francisco, California
The Mackinaw Inn, Lake Tahoe, California
The Kenwood Restaurant, Kenwood, California
The Simpson Company, Oakland, California

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
Fried, Alexander, "In the Style of Japan's Literati," San FranciscoExaminer, November 26, 1975, p. 17.
Connor, Jean, "Douglas Fenn Wilson: Watercolors & Pastels," Worcester Art Museum News, January 16, 1977.
Everett, Melinda, "Douglas Fenn Wilson: A Gifted Young Artist," Living West, February 2, 1977.
Donker, Peter, "Museum Shows Work by Artist of 23," Worcester Telegram, February 3, 1977, p. 27.
McGowan, Owen, "Douglas Fenn Wison: Interview," KQED News, July 24, 1978.
Heyman, Ann, "Douglas Fenn Wison at John Pence," Art Voices South, Review Section, July/August 1979.
Dickson, Joanne, "Romantic Realism and Geometric Abstraction," Southwest Art, June, 1980, pp. 66-71.
Wilson, Wendy, "Viewing Art," New Mexican, June, 1980.
Stowens, Susan, "Our Tour in San Francisco," American Artist, April, 1981, p. 69.
Harrington, Beverly, Contemporary Images (catalogue), University of Wisconsin/Allan Priebe Gallery, April 7 -

May 12, 1983, Image 56.
Kaplan, Fredy, "A Portfolio of Regional Landscapes," American Artist, February, 1984, p.57.
Zevitas, Steven ed. "Douglas Fenn Wilson" pp 106-7, New American Paintings, Volume VI, Spring, 1996, Open

Studios Press, Needham, MA.
Doherty, Steven, "Douglas Fenn Wilson, Adding an Extra Dimension to Painting", American Artist, October,

1986, p. 68
Zevitas, Steven ed. "Douglas Fenn Wilson" pp 106-7, New American Paintings, Volume VI, Spring, 1996, Open

Studios Press, Needham, MA.

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