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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: 17 to 24

The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Rutile from Modriach, Steiermark, Austria Rutile from Modriach, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 9.6-cm specimen formerly in the collection of Prof. Dr. Erich J. Zirkl. Specimen and painting: Simone and Peter Huber collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Fluorite from Weisseck, Salzburg, Austria Fluorite from Weisseck, Salzburg, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 12-cm specimen in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna. Painting: collection of Prof. Wolfgang Stoehr.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Pyrite with Hematite from Waldenstein, Carinthia, Austria Pyrite with Hematite from Waldenstein, Carinthia, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 9.1-cm specimen in the collection of Simone and Peter Huber. Painting: artist´s collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Fluorite with Bavenite from Hocharn, Carinthia, Austria Fluorite with Bavenite from Hocharn, Carinthia, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1988), painted natural-size from a 8.8-cm specimen in the collection of Helmut Prasnik. Painting: artist´s collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Stibnite from Schlaining, Burgenland, Austria Stibnite from Schlaining, Burgenland, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1989), painted natural-size from an 8.8-cm specimen in the collection of Simone and Peter Huber. Painting: Simone and Peter Huber collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Hematite with Quartz from Zillertal, Tirol, Austria Hematite with Quartz from Zillertal, Tirol, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1990), painted natural-size from a 12.2-cm specimen in the collection of Werner Radl. Painting: collection of Werner Radl.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Cinnabar from Erzberg, Steiermark, Austria Cinnabar from Erzberg, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1989), painted natural-size from a 11.5-cm specimen in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien. Painting: artist´s collection.
The Mineralogical Record: Hildegard Könighofer - Titanite, Quartz and Pericline from Deutschlandsberg, Steiermark, Austria Titanite, Quartz and Pericline from Deutschlandsberg, Steiermark, Austria
Watercolor and colored pencil on artboard (1990), painted natural-size from a 21.3-cm specimen in the collection of Prof. Dr. Erich J. Zirkl. Painting: collection of the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz.
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