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Portrait of the Artist Paul Wonner, courtesy of the estate of Mimi Jacobs

Paul Wonner

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Best known for striking still-life paintings done in an abstract, expressionist style, Paul Wonner’s style remains distinctive today.

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Born in Tucson, Paul Wonner moved to Oakland to study at California College of Arts and Crafts, followed by a brief period in New York where he trained at the Art Students League. He returned to the Bay Area in 1950. In the 1970’s, Paul’s “brushy” manner of painting evolved into a “crisp” style with a concentration on still life themes using everyday objects. In 1981, SFMOMA organized a retrospective to showcase Paul’s path to the quiet still life paintings for which he is best known. In later years, he returned to human figures in allegorical arrangements and settings.

Striped Cloth with Fruit and Cheese, 1999, acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches. Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown Collection, Courtesy of Social Profit Network.
Still Life with Fruit and Pencil, 1992, acrylic on canvas 24 x 20 inches. Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown Collection, Courtesy of Social Profit Network.
Tulips in a Milk Carton, graphite, acrylic and charcoal on paper 25 x 18 ½ inches. Paul Wonner and William Theophilius Brown Collection, Courtesy of Social Profit Network.