For three decades, the signature “W. C. Hook” has connoted dynamic design, saturated color, and muscular brushwork. William Cather Hook’s ability to straddle the border between pictorial illusion and pure paint, between traditional yet modern, has won him collectors worldwide. Less well-known about this master of acrylics is the breadth of his subject matter. In this retrospective of paintings dating from the early 1980s to the present Hook guides the reader on a journey that includes the back roads of northern New Mexico, the high country of the Colorado Rockies and Sangre de Cristos, California’s Pacific coastline and central valley, the reaches of the Sonoran Desert, and historic vistas in England and Italy. Whether depicting crashing surf, aspen forests, or luminous big skies, Hook’s vision is inviting, vibrant, and infused with radiant light. Also explored is the artist’s biography, from his Kansas roots to his current studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Carmel, California.
Susan Hallsten McGarry, trained as an art historian, served as editor in chief of Southwest Art magazine for 18 years beginning in 1979. She has been a contributor or primary author of more than 40 monographs and surveys on American artists, including Earthlings: The Paintings of Tom Palmore; American Legacy: Our National Parks; and Bruce Aiken’s Grand Canyon: An Intimate Affair.
M. Stephen Doherty is an artist, the past editor of American Artist, and the current editor of Plein Air magazine.
Size: 12 x 12 in.
Plates: 160 color plates; 25 color photographs
Linen Hardbound; Special Edition available