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Paul Wonner

Paul Wonner is a San Francisco-based painter who was an active participant in the Bay Area Figurative group, who deployed the lessons of non-objective, expressionist painting - the importance of gesture and the use of aggressive color - as a means of reengaging with reality-based subject matter.
According to art historian Caroline Jones, "the narrative richness, psychological nuances, and sheer ambiguity of [Wonner's] figurative works were unmatched by any of the first generation of Bay Area Figurative artists, with the possible exception of [Elmer] Bischoff."
In this series Wonner paints a series of male figures in the park, often in scenes with their dogs. These paintings are prized for their dreamlike sensibilities.

His paintings are held in major public collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Oakland Museum of California.

Paul Wonner painting

Paul Wonner
Figures in a Park
Acrylic and pencil on paper
22 x 30"