Folk Art Treasure in Boone

1980's, Willi painting with left hand at at the easel. 

1980's, Willi painting with left hand at at the easel. 

It is hard to find a Wiili piece that is on proper canvas or stretcher bars. A rather famous folk artist, well-known in the Boone, NC area is renown for his off-the-wall creative masterpieces, born from his struggle with mental illness. He represented Outsider/Folk art at its greatest, using any material to create. He would use anything from cabinet doors, to bed sheets, to fence posts and mailboxes.

His drive to make art brewed deep within him, and reflected his relationship to his father, an Ornithologist, an avid bird-watcher and naturalist. Wiili also had an interesting relationship to the women in his life, as seen in his many representations of Angels. Wiili beared the weight of the world through art. His colorful representations of his daily perspectives lend incredible insight into the world of mental illness and Folk art. 

Wiili died in 2003, at the age of 47. His legacy lives on through his prolific career and his amazing use of color, material, and imagination.  Many of Wiili's works can be seen at Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery.