GEORGE VAN HOOK

"Beauty and Strength"
"Beauty and Strength"

Oil on canvas, 30" x 24"

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"Wabasso Beach House"
"Wabasso Beach House"

Oil on linen panel, 16" x 12"

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"Baytree Stroll"
"Baytree Stroll"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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SOLD "Man and Nature
SOLD "Man and Nature

Oil on linen, 24" x 36"

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"Pink Roses"
"Pink Roses"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"The Chinese Fan"
"The Chinese Fan"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"The Old Violin"
"The Old Violin"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"Gladiolas and Sails"
"Gladiolas and Sails"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"A New England Springtime"
"A New England Springtime"

Oil on linen, 24" x 30"

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"Sunflower"
"Sunflower"

Oil on linen, 24" x 20"

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"Afternoon Idyll"
"Afternoon Idyll"

Oil on linen, 20" x 24"

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"Lazy Afternoon"
"Lazy Afternoon"

Oil on linen, 20" x 24"

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"A Good Book"
"A Good Book"

Oil on linen, 24" x 20"

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"A Southern River"
"A Southern River"

Oil on linen panel, 20" x 24"

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"Along the Blackfoot River"
"Along the Blackfoot River"

Oil on linen panel, 16" x 20"

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"A Florida Sunrise"
"A Florida Sunrise"

Oil on linen panel, 11" x 14"

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"Tools of the Trade"
"Tools of the Trade"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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"At the Marina"
"At the Marina"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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"Along the Florida Coast"
"Along the Florida Coast"

Oil on linen panel, 11" x 14"

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SOLD "A Morning Cast"
SOLD "A Morning Cast"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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"A Favorite Mount"
"A Favorite Mount"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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"Phlox"
"Phlox"

Oil on on linen panel, 8" x 10"

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"Half-staff for Senator John McCain"
"Half-staff for Senator John McCain"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 16"

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"Camden Afternoon"
"Camden Afternoon"

Oil on linen panel, 12" x 24"

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"A Busy Harbor, Camden"
"A Busy Harbor, Camden"

Oil on linen panel, 20" x 16"

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"A Morning Table"
"A Morning Table"

Oil on linen, 24" x 20"

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"A Florida Inlet"
"A Florida Inlet"

Oil on linen panel, 8"x10"

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"Bright Beach Day"
"Bright Beach Day"

Oil on panel, 12" x 16"

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"Island Lupine"
"Island Lupine"

Oil on panel, 14" x 11"

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"Under the Apple Tree"
"Under the Apple Tree"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"Afternoon Cast"
"Afternoon Cast"

Oil on linen, 30" x 24"

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"Japanese Influence"
"Japanese Influence"

Oil on linen, 24" x 20"

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"A Country Lane"
"A Country Lane"

Oil on panel, 12" x 16"

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"Burst of Summer"
"Burst of Summer"

Oil on panel, 11" x 14"

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"A Windy Day in Vero"
"A Windy Day in Vero"

Oil on panel, 9" x 12"

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"Beach Walk, Vero"
"Beach Walk, Vero"

Oil on panel, 9" x 12"

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"Water Play, Vero"
"Water Play, Vero"

Oil on panel, 11" x 14"

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"Ships in Sunlight"
"Ships in Sunlight"

Oil on panel, 11" x 14"

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"Baytree Morning"
"Baytree Morning"

Oil on panel, 14" x 11"

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"Palm Promenade"
"Palm Promenade"

Oil on panel, 16" x 12"

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

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.