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Hildegard Könighofer
(1954-    )

Hildegard Könighofer was born in Rettenegg, Steiermark, Austria in 1954, and studied art at the Höheren Grafischen Bundesanstalt in Vienna from 1968 to 1972. She was then employed for four years as a graphic artist for a Graz advertising company. Since 1980 she has worked as a free-lance painter and graphic artist in Graz, as well as being a wife and mother. She creates her mineral specimen portraits using a combination of watercolor and colored pencils, always paints the specimens actual size, and always paints from the actual specimens without the use of reference photographs. Thus far she has completed paintings of 160 mineral specimens, recently many from Romania. Her work has been exhibited in shows in Voitsberg (1988), Wiener Neustadt (1988), at the Joanneum in Graz (1989), at the Munich mineral show (1991), and at Schloß Farrach, Zeltweg, Steiermark (1994).

Hilde's interest in minerals grew as a result of ten years of field collecting with her partner, Dietmar Jakely. They have accumulated a large collection specializing in Austrian minerals, providing her with specimens to illustrate. She also borrows specimens from other collectors and mineralogists. Since 1987 she has concentrated primarily on documenting the best specimens in public and private collections in Austria, and has expanded her scope to include worldwide minerals. She also paints botanical subjects.

W.E.W.

Reference:
Robinson, S. (1993) The mineral art of Hildegard Könighofer. Rocks & Minerals, 68, 120-121.
Könighofer, H. (1989) Katalog zur Sonderausstellung [Exhibition catalog of the special exhibition], Landesmuseums Joanneum, Graz. 32 pages.

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Number of artworks found: 24 | Artworks being viewed: 9 to 16

The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Schorl from Soboth, Steiermark, Austria Schorl from Soboth, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1987), painted natural-size from a 9.2-cm specimen in the collection of the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz. Painting: collection of Karin Lettner.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Albite from Soboth, Steiermank, Austria Albite from Soboth, Steiermank, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1987), painted natural-size from a 7.4-cm specimen in the collection of Dietmar Jakely. Painting: collection of Prof. Wolfgang Stoehr.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Actinolite from Rabenwald, Steiermark, Austria Actinolite from Rabenwald, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 14.4-cm specimen in the collection of Hermann Grabner. Painting: collection of Dipl. Ing. Dr. Hans Kolb.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Smoky Quartz from Niedere Tauern,  Steiermark, Austria Smoky Quartz from Niedere Tauern, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1987), painted natural-size from a 7.6-cm specimen in the collection of Hubert Fink. Painting: collection of Prof. Wolfgang Stoehr.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Wulfenite from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria Wulfenite from Bleiberg, Carinthia, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1987), painted natural-size from a 9-cm specimen in the collection of Dietmar Jakely. Painting: artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Melanterite from Zangtal, Steiermark, Austria Melanterite from Zangtal, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 9.1-cm specimen in the collection of Hans Eck. Painting: artist's collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Malachite from Reichenau, Lower Austria Malachite from Reichenau, Lower Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1987), painted natural-size from a 8-cm specimen in the collection of the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz. Painting: artist´s collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Goethite from Loelling, Carinthia, Austria Goethite from Loelling, Carinthia, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 7.6-cm specimen in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna. Painting: artist´s collection.
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