Wesley Willis: “I ART CHICAGO" Art Liquidation Sale Buy It Now

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Jul 17
6pm to 9pm


A few things:

Absolutely NO:
*CHILDREN (alcohol will be served)
Ring or Text 312.450.9821 with legitimate questions or to PAY BY PHONE please. Thank you.

A sign in sheet will be available to sign at the front door.
NUMBERS at 5PM SHARP. Doors open at 6pm.

For entry please line up east of the entry door.

PLEASE be respectful of the neighbors, the neighborhood AND each other.

No returns, exchanges or refunds. ALL SALES FINAL.

Not responsible for accidents. Please be careful when entering or exiting the property.

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BOTH FREE and metered is available in the neighborhood. If you can, you might consider a car service—UBER or LYFT.


Estate Sale Goddess Presents:


Art Liquidation Sale Tuesday, July 17, 2018


What comes to mind when you hear those two words, Wesley Willis? The song "Rock n Roll McDonald's?" Being anointed by yours truly with the almighty head butt? Or simply sharing a laugh with this kind soul? We've all heard of him, met him or jammed to his music, but if you're lucky--really lucky, you own one of his pieces. No? Well don't miss this incredible opportunity! Estate Sale Goddess has amassed a remarkable collection unseen by the human eye for over 20 years. These works will be available for sale at the fantabulous An Orange Moon Gallery, located at 2418 W North Ave in Chicago on Tuesday July 17th, 2018, from 6pm-9pm. Save the date & join us won't you? All cards and payment methods accepted. Questions? Please ring 312.450.9821 Numbers issued at 5pm. Doors open promptly at 6pm.

Wesley Willis ladies and gentlemen. The artist. The musician. The MAN.


For those of you that THINK you know him, watch the documentary! Willis was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 31, 1963. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Willis grew up in Chicago's projects as one of 10 children of parents who had a violent relationship and separated when he was young. He spent time in several foster homes and was essentially raised by two older brothers, who went with him from home to home."

In 1989, Willis began hearing what he called "demons" and was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was institutionalized for two months after his diagnosis. He often mentioned that his demons were named "Heartbreaker", "Nervewrecker", and "Meansucker". He called his psychotic episodes "hell rides", and alternatively, he declared rock and roll to be "the joy ride music".

Willis sold ink pen drawings of the Chicago cityscape on the street. In The Daddy of Rock 'N' Roll, Steve Albini tells an anecdote about how Willis was in one train station drawing a detailed picture of a different train station from memory. These works of outsider art appear on the covers of his albums.

Willis toured frequently, was profiled on MTV and was a guest on The Howard Stern Show on September 26, 1996 where he played nearly identical songs about Baba Booey and Howard Stern. On May 22, 2001,Willis released an album titled Full Heavy Metal Jacket. During his tours, Willis became "famous for greeting fans with a headbutt". This left him with a distinctive permanent bruise on his forehead. Rock critic and Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff wrote that Willis's "Periodic appearances for crowds of jeering white fratboys evoke an uncomfortable combination of minstrel act and traveling freak show." Conversely, guitarist Scott Anthony, who toured with Willis in 1998, said "It's not frat boys coming to his shows and making fun of him; it's punk rock kids who appreciate that he sings stuff people are thinking."

On August 21, 2003, Willis died due to complications from chronic myelogenous leukemia in Skokie, Illinois. He was 40 years old.

Sale items listed in no particular order:

  • The Dan Ryan Expressway 35th  1996
  • The Dan Ryan Expressway Past 51st Toward 47th  1992
  • Cominsky Park  1993
  • Belmont Harbor  1991
  • Dan Ryan Expressway 35th St  1994
  • Damen & Concord  1995
  • Halsted North Clybourn  1990
  • Dan Ryan Expressway Looking Toward 47th  1997
  • It's the Buckingham Fountain  1997
  • The Chicago Skyline 1998
  • It's the Shoreline & Chicago Cubs Park (Split screen drawing)  1998
  • It's the Shoreline & It's the Rockefeller Chapel (Split screen drawing)  1997
  • World Trade Center New York  1996
  • The Downtown Area  1998


To be continued. Please check back for more listings...

*This is an ESTATE SALE GODDESS liquidation sale. By entering this establishment you consent to possibly being filmed. 

Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "It's the Shoreline" 1998 and "Chicago Cubs Park" 1998Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "The Downtown Area" 1998 Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "World Trade Center New Year" 1996Wesley Willis signed black and white photograph, No. 2 of 25, by Dimitre Photography. Professionally framed. Comes with COA. Poster No. 2 of 44. Wesley Willis “Quenchers on Fullerton & Western. $50 each Wesley Willis black and white photo #2 of 25. Photo by Dimitre photography in the WOW DISTRICT. Art work drawn by Wesley Willis "Damen and Concord" 1995 Mixed media on artist board. 42w x 28h (approx) ****SOLD***+Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "The Dan Ryan Expressway Past 51st Toward 47th St" 1992 Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "It's the Shoreline" 1997 and "It's the Rockefeller Chapel" 1997Art work drawn by Wesley Willis of "Halsted North Clybourn" 1990 ***PENDING****Art work drawn by "Dan Ryan Expressway 35TH ST" 1994Art work drawn by Wesley Willis "Cominsky Park 1993"Art work drawn by Wesley Willis "Belmont Harbor" 1991Art work drawn by Wesley Willis, "This is the Chicago Skyline" 1998Sale Picture****SOLD****Sale PictureArt work drawn by Wesley Willis art work "Buckingham Fountain" 1997 ***SOLD*****Art work drawn by Wesley Willis, "The Dan Ryan Expressway 35th St" 1996 ****SOLD****Art work drawn by Wesley Willis, "It's the Dan Ryan Expressway Looking Toward 47th St" 1997 *****SOLD******Sale Picture

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