Wenatchee Valley artist Robert Wilson dies at 78

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Robert G. Wilson 1942-2020.

WENATCHEE — Robert G. Wilson, the painter and supporter of local arts who made his home for the last eight years in East Wenatchee, has died. He was 78.

Wilson died Monday at Central Washington Hospital after complications from heart surgery. He grew up in the Northwest and lived in Seattle, New York and elsewhere before settling in East Wenatchee with his wife Carla in 2012.

Wilson worked largely in abstract painting, creating work exhibited at the Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle as well as galleries in New York,  Connecticut, Chicago and Atlanta. Wilson was an active member of the Baha’i faith.

After relocating to East Wenatchee, where his wife had family, he showed works at the Robert Graves Gallery, Gallery One, Pybus Market, Two Rivers Gallery and Collapse Gallery. He was an early supporter of RadarStation, the Wenatchee Avenue gallery and events center operated by Ron Evans from 2017 to 2019.

Wilson was a published author of science fiction (Tentacles of Dawn, 1978) and business strategy books. He was also known for being the father of popular actor Rainn Wilson.

Last year he discussed his inspirations in a profile for NCWLIFE Magazine. “When the civilizations and the politicians and educational institutions all fade away, what’s left?” he said. “The art and the architecture of the people that created things.”