WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Harrison Gallery will present a solo exhibition of paintings by artist George Van Hook from Feb. 2-27.
An opening reception with the artist will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Recently featured in En Plein Air Magazine, Van Hook has been showing with the Harrison Gallery for nine years.
Van Hook grew up in Pennsylvania, studying the work of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art, struck particularly by artists Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth. He attended Oberlin College then continued on the at Humboldt State University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1977.
According to a press release, Van Hook translates the traditional impressionist style to a contemporary subject, as he builds lights on darks with thick brushstrokes. As a plein air painter, Van Hook always paints on location, yet he intentionally chooses his site based on composition and shadow play. His paintings are deliberately balanced; his integration of form, light and color creates a rich, textured landscape.
Van Hook has received multiple awards in the many galleries he has shown at in California, Oregon, Vermont and Maine. In addition, he built a reputation for himself during a stay in France, having his oil paintings selected for shows at the Atelier des peitures de labaye and at the Le Mairie. He was also featured in a cover article for American Artist Magazine in 1989 and 2001. Van Hook resides in New York state.
The Harrison Gallery is located at 39 Spring St.
Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call The Harrison Gallery at 413-458-1700 or visit the website at www.theharrisongallery .com.