Painting for Rain


William T. Wiley ( American, 1937 - 2021 )

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William T. Wiley conceived of "Painting for Rain" during a drought in California in the 1970s. By the time he had completed it, a rainstorm had broken the dry spell. The patch-work, painted surface reveals itself to be a deluge of enigmatic images, textures, and words. Forms of pools, creeks, and houses indicate a fluid relationship between recognizable imagery and abstraction. "I was amazed," observed Wiley, "to find that, from different distances, realistic forms had the same function as the more abstract, organic ones and that other forms, not consciously drawn, would occur out of the overlapping."