Updated May 7, 2013: News release from the Quapaw Tribe:
The Quapaw Tribe mourned the loss and paid its respects to Charles Banks Wilson as the Oklahoma artist was laid to rest Tuesday in Miami, Okla.
"He was a true treasure, a great man, and his art will preserve Native American culture forever," said Quapaw Chairman John L. Berrey. Wilson died Thursday in Rogers, Ark., at the age of 94.
He was a painter, printmaker, teacher, lecturer, historian, and magazine and book illustrator. Wilson's work has been shown in over 200 exhibitions in the United States and across the globe. Permanent collections of Wilson's work are housed in some of the most renowned museums and art galleries in the world including New York's Metropolitan Museum, Washington's Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Oklahoma State Capitol, and the Smithsonian.
His historical murals wrap the state Capitol Rotunda in Oklahoma City. His portraits of famous Oklahomans include Will Rogers, Carl Albert, Jim Thorpe, Robert S. Kerr, Angie Debo, Sequoyah and Woody Guthrie. In 2001, Wilson was named an Oklahoma Treasure by the Oklahoma Arts Council.
He married a Quapaw woman, and is survived by a daughter, Carrie B. Wilson, a member of the Quapaw Tribe. The Tribe proudly displays several etched bronze reproductions of one of Wilson's most renowned Native American paintings – portrait of a Quapaw man titled "Arkansea 1700."
"He will be missed, and he will always be remembered as a friend of the Quapaw people," Chairman Berrey said.
Posted May 3, 2013: A renowned Four State artist in Miami, Oklahoma has passed away.
Charles Banks Wilson is most known for his paintings, prints and lithographs of American Indians and western characters and landscapes.
Wilson was born in Springdale, Arkansas in 1919 and grew up in Miami.
His works have been displayed in places such as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress and the Oklahoma capitol building.
Wilson was 95.