Wilson was born in Springdale, Arkansas in 1918. He studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago before moving to New York City where he started a career in art. Wilson is credited with doing the murals and portraits in the Oklahoma State Capitol. He is best remembered for his drawings of pure blood Native Americans, which may be seen at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His other contributions were as an outstanding book illustrator.
Wilson was a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Governor's Art Award, and Oklahoma Humanities Award.
Charles Banks Wilson American (1918-2013) Comanche Portrait 10-1/4 x 14-1/4 in.
Lithograph, 1941, edition 200. University of Oklahoma, no.29. Signed and titled in pencil. In good condition, printed on wove paper by George Miller with adequate margins. The first of five prints, Wilson, produced for Associated American Artists.