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
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.
Road in a Park
Acrylic and pencil on paper
15 x 15"