Writing Out Loud, 2005.

"Wilson uses his visual talents and mastery of lithography to depict the natural and constructed environment of his favorite place—Oklahoma."—Library Journal

Charles Banks Wilson


Though artist Charles Banks Wilson is known primarily for his classic paintings, many on display at the Oklahoma State Capitol, he has always preferred to think of himself as a storyteller. In his book, Search for the Native American Purebloods (2011), his pencil portraits are accompanied by personal notes and anecdotes that place the images in a larger context.

Charles, who launched his career as a book illustrator and cover artist in New York, has always maintained a unique relationship with other writers and has painted what many critics consider to be the definitive portraits of Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie, and Angie Debo.

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Did You Know...

In addition to being a nationally known artist, Charles Banks Wilson is also an expert roper and an accomplished musician.

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Selected Works

The Lithographs of Charles Banks Wilson, 1989 (with David Hunt)
Search for the Native American Purebloods, 2011 (updated edition)

Also: Charles Banks Wilson, by Carole Klein, Anne Morand, Carol Haralson, and Randy Ramer (contributor), 2010.

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