William "Wiley" Prince
Born and raised in Sacramento, CA. SacTown, River City, The City of Trees has always been "Home" despite living almost 20 years in Oregon, 11 years in LA and 25 months in Southeast Asia. I was never drawn to art until I was a teen exposed to the 60's surge of OP & Pop art and the amazing psychedelic poster art of the San Francisco music venues. My first creation was a Warhol inspired piece consisting of a formation of Pepsi bottle caps mounted to a 20" X 30" piece of plywood. Not very creative.
My collage creations began in the early 70's with salvaged dog calendars featuring lips cut out from old Seventeen & Glamor Magazines donated by my next door neighbors. Fun, whimsical, humorous, make you laugh and smile was my goal and still is for the most part. These were generally gifted to friends and were followed by hand made collage post cards sent to family and friends. These were all sporadic and simply for fun.
In the new millennium I moved to LA and was exposed to amazing museums, galleries and street art all of which inspired me. A small gallery near me featured a coaster, as in beer coaster, show with open entry. Everything including oil, watercolor, colored pens/pencils, 3-D objects, etc. was featured. It blew me away and became a yearly event with up to 1,500 coasters lining the walls! I created and entered 3 collage pieces which were accepted and sold. Yes, I was pretty jazzed about that. I continued creating beer coasters then started using old playing card decks I found in thrift shops as a medium, followed by blank matchbooks and match boxes. Yes, kinda small with the occasional 8" X 10" pieces and a few 3-D vinyl toys and Halloween plastic skulls.
The images I use come from magazines, newsprint, photos, books and the internet. Some of them communicate to me, sparking my imagination, an idea, or a message I want to share with the viewers, occasionally they are political and antiwar. My tools are scissors and x-acto knives, colored pencils, the occasional found objects and various glues/adhesives. My work is primarily analog, no PhotoShop involved. I do use Cannon Color Copiers to reduce/enlarge images as needed. I love the creation process of my work and if others like the results that's an added bonus.