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Wendell E. Wilson
(1946-    )

Wendell Eugene Wilson was born in Minnesota in 1946, and began collecting minerals in 1956. A life-long artist, he studied at the Minneapolis Institute of Art while still in high school and began selling his artworks as a young teenager. He won numerous awards in art, including first place in a statewide cartooning competition in 1959. In college he pursued a double-major in Fine Art and Geology at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1969. He earned his M.S. in Mineralogy (1972) from Arizona State University, while field-collecting extensively in Arizona's many abandoned mines and famous mineral localities. After obtaining his PhD in Mineralogy (1976) from the University of Minnesota, he was hired by the Mineralogical Record and is currently in his 35th year as full-time Editor-in-Chief (1976-2010), and his 26th as Publisher and corporation CEO.

In addition to collecting minerals, Wilson built substantial collections of mining artifacts of all kinds, and published three books on antique miners' lamps, containing hundreds of hand-drawn pen-and-ink illustrations of miners' oil-wick “frog” lamps, candleholders, and carbide cap lamps. Some of his collectibles appear as props in his paintings of underground scenes. His first mineral painting appeared on the cover of the November-December 1972 issue of Mineralogical Record. His series of fantasy mineral-collecting scenes now numbers 14, and he has produced numerous specimen portraits in oil on canvas, watercolor, India ink and mixed media, as well as a number of highly detailed mining still life paintings in oil on canvas, oil on copper, and India ink. Over the years Wilson has continued to produce artworks regularly as time permits. He also founded the Antiquarian Reprint Series as a method of preserving and distributing very rare, early illustrated mineral books, featuring mineral art from before the age of photography. Wilson has published over 1,000 mineral and mining artworks, and over 6,500 mineral photographs. The new mineral species wendwilsonite was named in his honor in 1987 and he was the recipient of the Carnegie Mineralogical Award for 2001. Wilson continues to publish the Mineralogical Record and to write about, paint, research, photograph and collect minerals in Tucson, Arizona (e-mail: minrec@earthlink.net).

References:
Mitchell, R. S. (1988) Who's who in mineral names: Wendell Eugene Wilson, Jr. and Ignacio Domeyko. Rocks & Minerals, 63, 400-402.
Robinson, S. (1987) Mineral art today. Rocks & Minerals, 62, 328-343.
Robinson, S. (1987) Of mines and men: a look at art that depicts mining. Rocks & Minerals, 64, 476-495.
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Number of artworks found: 97 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Bud's 79 Mine Wulfenite Bud's 79 Mine Wulfenite
Oil on canvasboard, 14 x 18 inches (1972). Painted from a specimen of wulfenite from the 79 mine, Arizona, in the Bud Standley collection, later in the artist's collection; current owner unknown. This was the artist's first mineral painting, published on the cover of the November-December 1972 issue of Mineralogical Record. Current owner of the painting and specimen: Mark Hay. Copyright 1972 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Pulsifer Apatite Pulsifer Apatite
Oil on canvasboard, 11 x 14 inches (1975). Painted from a specimen of purple fluorapatite in 1.5-cm crystals from the Pulsifer quarry, Maine, in the Smithsonian collection. Painting: Brian and Brett Kosnar collection. Copyright 1975 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Corrallitos Wulfenite Corrallitos Wulfenite
Oil on masonite panel, about 20 x 30 inches (1975). Painted from a specimen of wulfenite (1.9-cm water-clear crystal)from San Pedro Corrallitos, Mexico in the Smithsonian collection. Painting: John and Pat Carlon collection. Copyright 1975 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Plata Negra, Mina Reyes, Guanajuato Plata Negra, Mina Reyes, Guanajuato
Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (2000). Painted in the style of the 17th-century Spanish still-life painters, from a 6.8-cm cluster of acanthite crystals from the Reyes mine, Guanajuato, Mexico, in the Miguel Romero collection (now in the University of Arizona collection). Painting: artist's collection. Copyright 2000 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Aguilarite, Mina San Jose, Guanajuato Aguilarite, Mina San Jose, Guanajuato
Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (2001). Painted in the style of the 17th-century Spanish still-life painters, from a 4.2-cm cluster of aguilarite crystals from the San Jose, Guanajuato, Mexico, in the Terry Wallace collection. Painting: artist's collection. Copyright 2001 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Rosicler Negro, Veta Santo Nino, Fresnillo Rosicler Negro, Veta Santo Nino, Fresnillo
Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (2003). Painted in the style of the 17th-century Spanish still-life painters, from a 2-inch cluster of stephanite crystals from the Santo Nino Vein, Fresnillo, Mexico, in the James and Dawn Minette collection. Painting: artist's collection. Copyright 2003 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Rosicler Oscuro de Taxco de Alarcon Rosicler Oscuro de Taxco de Alarcon
Oil on canvas, 9 x 12 inches (1999). Painted in the style of the 17th-century Spanish still-life painters, from a 2-inch cluster of pyrargyrite crystals from Taxco, Mexico, in the Terry Wallace collection. Painting: artist's collection. Copyright 1999 Wendell E. Wilson.
The Mineralogical Record: Wendell E. Wilson - Guanajuato Acanthite Guanajuato Acanthite
Xerographically reproduced signed and numbered print on cotton paper, edition of 300 (2003). Adapted from an oil-on-canvas painting of a 6.8-cm cluster of acanthite crystals from the Reyes mine, Guanajuato, Mexico, in the Miguel Romero collection (now in the University of Arizona collection). Distributed with the 2003 Mineralogical Record Christmas card. Painting: artist's collection. Copyright 2003 Wendell E. Wilson.
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