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George Van Hook
George Van Hook, Lambertville Morning
Committed to paintings scenes of beauty, George Van Hook hearkens back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries when artists had models pose in garden settings to convey a sense of beauty, serenity, and separation from the mundane aspects of everyday life. His work displays the Impressionist interest in color, light and rich paint. He was first inspired in his approach in the 1970s when he saw some of the work by California impressionists, who since have been rediscovered but then were not getting much attention. Van Hook is a native of Pennsylvania and moved to California in the 1970s. He had given up on art schools where teachers insisted on abstract painting. In the Bay Area he found a group of painters with interests similar to his own, and he spent 12 years supporting himself as an artist there. In the mid 1980s, he moved back to the East Coast where realism was again coming back into fashion. He and his wife bought property in Cambridge, New York and began a family. He does a lot of painting outdoors, and when the weather is bad, works in his studio where he poses family and friends for figural subjects.
oil on canvas, 22" x 28"
Lower Right
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