George Hooper (1910 – 1994)
“View Through a Window”
Oil Painting on Canvas. Signed with initials lower right hand side
Picture size 20” x 30” (508mm x 762mm)
Overall framed size 28 ¼” x 38 ¼” (718mm x 972mm)
A joyful, colourful, richly painted oil of a garden seen through a window on a summer’s day IMAGE
George Hooper was a painter in oil and watercolour, and a teacher. He was born in Gorakhpur, India to English parents, A.P. Hooper and Joyce Gayford. He was sent at an early age to live with his Grandfather in England and be schooled. After 2 years with the Westminster Bank he studied art at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1930 to 1931, moving to the Royal Academy Schools under Tom Monnington from 1931 to 1935. There he won two gold medals, a travelling scholarship and the Rome Scholarship in Painting, which gave him two years in Rome after a few months in Madrid between 1935 and 1938. During World War II he served in air raid precautions and was invited to join the Pilgrim Trust’s “Recording Britain” project. In the 1950s Hooper designed posters for the General Post Office, Esso, Shell and other companies. By then he had begun to teach at Watford Grammar School (from 1943 to 1945) and from 1945 to 1977 at Brighton Polytechnic Department of Fine Art. He also lectured for Workers’ Educational Association affilitiated to London University from 1948 to 1977. A visit in 1958 to Italy appears to have released Hooper’s rich fauvist palette, perhaps nurtured in India. He exhibited his work from 1945 to 1947 at the Leicester Galleries with Walter Sickert, Duncan Grant and Ivon Hitchens. From 1953 to 1964 he had seven exhibitions at Wildensteins, Bond Street. He also exhibited with the London Group and at the Royal Society of British Artists. Later shows included Odette Gilbert’s Gallery from 1984 to 1986, Sally Hunter Fine Art in 1988, with a memorial show at Martin Parkin Gallery in 1995. A retrospective was held at Collier-Bristow in 2003. Examples of his work can be found in the collections of Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne, Brighton Museum, Ferens Art Gallery Hull and Hertford College Oxford. He wrote articles for “The Artist” magazine and lived in Redhill, Surrey.