Wilson Hurley

1924 – 2008

Wilson Hurley


Tulsa, Oklahoma


Landscape, some western genre, mural painting

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he became a painter in luminist style of the American West, especially known for his depictions of Canyon de Chelly, Yellowstone Park, and the Grand Canyon.

He attended high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where his family moved in 1935.  Knowing his interest and talent, his mother arranged for him to spend time as a teenager with artists Theodore Van Solen, Josef Bakos, and John Young-Hunter.  Hurley studied engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating in 1945, and then served in the Air Force.