Today's Masters:
Arnold, Linda Read
Berc
Caulfield, Robert O.
Conant, Claire
Cotrone, Deborah
Farnsworth, Bill
Ferrell, Cathy
Fetterman, Alan
Firth, Richard
Jackson, Joy
Jerez, César A.
Jiang, X. Song
Lane, Richard
Leblanc, Amby
Leckie, Geoffrey
Lucero, Andre R.
Mizerek, Leonard
Noott, Edward
Osborne, John P.
Oversmith, Richard
Pospieszalski, Henry
Rodgers, Jim
Sculthorpe, Peter
Seymour, Claudia
Sundwall, Joseph
Traynor, John C.
Van Hook, George

The Van Hook Collection
in Vero Beach

Bernardsville, New Jersey

George Van Hook

Van Hook has recently recieved recognition from three presitigous organizations for his work. He was awarded First Place in the Finger Lakes Plein Air Competition & Festival, held June 5-9, 2013 in Canandaigua, New York. He also won the festival's Quick Draw competition. To see his winning painting, "House Tour," visit the competition's website here.

He was also invited to participate in the private painter's event "Paint the Adirondacks," hosted by the publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Eric Rhoads. Additionally, his work has been accepted into two juried exhibitions at Vermont's Bennington Center for the Arts: "Impressions of New England" and the "Laumeister Fine Art Competition," the latter of which is juried by Peter Trippi, Editor-In-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur.

George Van Hook was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia.  He began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant artistic culture of the region.  The family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists, and he became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape.  Another early local influence was the “Brandywine Tradition”, the illustrative work of Howard Pyle and the generations of Wyeths.  This was further enhanced by a close association with coastal Maine.  George has spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson.

Van Hook’s love of the European tradition also began early.  He spent two summers during high school filmmaking throughout France and England.  This allowed him to visit many of the great museums, and further increased his commitment to become a professional artist.  Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying at the Louvre and travelling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings “en plein air”.  He returned to California, where he continued painting the landscape and figure out of doors.  After marriage and the start of a family, George returned to the East Coast, eventually settling in Cambridge, NY, a beautiful nineteenth century village in the Hudson Valley.  His wife currently teaches at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Their three daughters, often models for his paintings when younger, are now grown and successfully independent.

Van Hook thinks of his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life.  “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says.  The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.


"Looking at Degas"
Oil on panel, 16" x 12"

"Downtown Bus"
Oil on panel, 12" x 16"

"Bethesda Fountain"
Oil on panel, 16" x 12"

"Central Park, South"
Oil on panel, 16" x 12"

"Evening Stroll, Upper East Side"
Oil on panel, 12" x 16"

"American Flag over Brooklyn Bridge"
Oil on panel, 12" x 16"

"Horse Barn at Cold Brook Farm"
Oil on Linen 12" x 16"

"Morning at Johnson Farm" Sold
Oil on Linen 12" x 16"

"Johnson Farm, Afternoon Light"
Oil on Linen 12" x 16"

"Autumn Color, Cold Brook Farm" Sold
Oil on Linen 16" x 12"

"Green Valley"
Oil on Linen 20" x 24"

"Spirit of the River"
Oil on Linen 24" x 20"
Grand Prize, Adirondack Plein Air Festival, 2013

"Early Autumn"
Oil on Linen 20" x 24"

"Looking Across the Main Street, Oldwick" Sold
Oil on Panel 16" x 12"

"Morning at the Church, Oldwick" Sold
Oil on Panel 16" x 12"

"Afternoon in Oldwick" Sold
Oil on Panel 12" x 16"

"Green Kimono" Sold
Oil on Linen 36" x 30"

"Lost In Another World, Book on American Impressionist,
Thomas Wilmer Dewing"
Oil on Linen 36" x 30"
Van Hook
"Along The Lane"
Oil on Panel 12" x 16"
Van Hook
"March Wind" Sold
Oil on Panel 16" x 12"
Van Hook
"Burst of Spring"
Oil on Panel 16" x 12"
Van Hook
"Summer Breezes" Sold
Oil on Panel 12" x 16"
Van Hook
"Harvest Moon"
Oil on Linen 24" x 30"
Van Hook
"Peach Roses" Sold
Oil on Linen 20" x 16"
Van Hook
"Still Life In Red"
Oil on Linen 30" x 24"
Van Hook
"Stipes and Sunflowers"
Oil on Linen 20" x 24"

"Sargent's Admirer"
Oil on Linen 36" x 30"

"A Leisurely Read"
Oil on Linen 20" x 24"

"The Rose Arbor"
Oil on Panel 16" x 12"

"Serenity"
Oil on Canvas 36" x 30"

"Casting a Line"
Oil on Panel 12" x 16"

"Winter Barns"
Oil on Panel 9" x 12"

"Porcelain and Peach Roses"
Oil on Canvas 18" x 14"

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