Wilder Duncan is an artist whose work puts a modern-day spin on the genre of Vanitas still life. Although formally trained as a realist painter at Wesleyan University, he has had a lifelong passion for natural history. Self-taught rogue taxidermist and professional specimen preparator, Wilder worked for several years at The Evolution Store in NYC creating, repairing, and restoring objects of natural historical interest such as taxidermy, fossils, seashells, minerals, insects, tribal sculptures, and articulatedskeletons both animal and human. The bat skeleton workshops were developed with The Morbid Anatomy Museum in 2013, and Wilder now teaches pop-up classes around the country and internationally. Wilder works part time creating new exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History and also performs work for private collectors, giving a new life to old mounts, and new smiles to toothless skulls.