the planet mars for NASA  1968-1971

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“Mars series 1” Red Cloud 23x43

“Mars series 2” 35x23,5

“Mars series 3” 23x17.25

“Ascraeus Mons at Sunset on Mars Series 4” 17x25.25

“Martian Grand Canyon:Vallus Mar Narus Mars Series 5” 17x23.5


Glacier Run  36X48  ASAA Air Force Collection

circa 1970


“Meteor”  Winner/First Prize Art Director Club of LA 1949


  The Smithsonian Aerospace Museum has at least one 0f the hundreds of paintings that Ren did for the U.S. Air Force. His career spanned the 1940s to the late 1990s.

  In the late 1970s, he illustrated a complete series of "Mars” paintings based on crude knowledge of the planet at the time.

His final commission from NASA was to illustrate the cockpit of the space shuttle. For security reasons, the military did not want the cockpit photographed. Ren Wicks, however, was allowed to sit in the cockpit and take photographs of the control board as reference for an illustration that omitted sensitive information.

  He was 80 years old at the time.

Ren’s career in commercisl art began with instructional handbooks he designed and illustrated for pilots of Lockeed’s P-38 bombers during WW II.  In 1949, he was chosen as the first winner of the Art Director’s Award Club of Los Angeles for his cover illustration “Meteor” for the “Lockeed Log." In the late 1980s he and five other artists founded the American Society of Aviation Artists.