Las Golondrinas, Oil on Linen, 47" x 40" ©
George Hallmark is a realist sculptor and painter of the contemporary Texas cowboy. He was born in 1949 in Cleburne, Texas and currently lives in Kopperl, Texas in Northern Bosque Country. He uses oil and mixed media, such as pastel, acrylic, colored pencil, and tempera.
Hallmark was an art major at the Tarrant County Junior College, and later studied at Texas Christian University, but dropped out to study realism. After working as an illustrator for nine years, both as a free lancer and for an architectural firm, he studied with William Whitaker at Brigham Young University during the summer of 1979.
After studying with Whitaker in 1979, Hallmark began his painting career painting local historic buildings for new branches of banks in the northern Hill Country of Texas. The paintings were commissioned by the banks and signed prints were sold to benefit the local historical societies.
In the mid 1990s Hallmark decided to leave commercial art and pursue his own visions. The artist traveled extensively in Mexico and France and painted scenes which compelled him personally. His new paintings sold well and in 2000 he was invited to show his work in the Masters of the American West Show at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. The next year he was invited back and one of his paintings sold to Howard Terpning.
Source: Harold and Peggy Samuels, "Contemporary Western Artists"
Source: Art of the West, September 2003