Douglas Fenn Wilson’s creative pursuits are Renaissance in breadth. The past 47 years have spawned a massive body of painting, sculpture, and architectural detail, of which his “constructed” and “layered” paintings figure most prominently—a meticulous layering of realism against multi-faceted sculptural substrates.
His work has been the subject of fifteen one-man exhibitions from San Francisco to New York; eight museums have acquired pieces for their collections. In 1990 Gore Vidal wrote: “he is like Poussin! — in the best original sense, academic.”
With parallel industry, Wilson writes fiction. 1998 saw the completion of his first historically based novel Postumus Lovers, followed by a second novel The Michelangelist completed in 2019. Literary journals of note including The Bellevue Literary Review and The Orange Coast Review have published his short fiction.
His life-long dream of designing and building his own house culminated in The Moon House Antiquarium in downtown Glen Ellen, CA completed in 2020—a tour de force featuring his own architecture, furniture, interiors, painting, sculpture, and in a curious way, even fiction.
A Bay Area native, he earned degrees in fine art, art history, and architecture from Dartmouth College in 1975. A long-time swimmer, Doug helped coach the Sonoma Valley Masters from 2002 to 2005.