George Van Hook
George Van Hook is an American painter best known for his impressionistic plein-air landscapes. Drawing inspiration from earlier artists such as William Merritt Chase and Thomas Eakins, Van Hook’s works are both vigorously painted and balanced in color. “The experience of seeing is the most important part of the process,” he explained. “My aim is to translate that experience onto the canvas. My eyes are so much better at that than the lens of the camera.” Born in 1954 in Abington, PA, he started painting from an early age in the rural landscapes of Bucks County. Van Hook studied at Oberlin College, and later received his BA from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA, in 1977. While in California, Van Hook was drawn to the works of the late 19th and early 20th-century California Impressionists. His interests led him to Europe where he studied painting in Italy and France, absorbing the works of the Old Masters on his visits to the Louvre Museum. Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including at the Grants Pass Museum of Art in Oregon and The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Vermont. He currently lives and works in Cambridge, NY.