Born in Gorakpur India in 1910, George Hooper returned to the UK in 1912, Hooper studied at Slade School of Fine Art in 1930-31, then Royal Academy Schools under Tom Monnington in 1931-35. Here he won two gold medals, a travelling scholarship and the Rome Scholarship in Painting. During the World War II Hooper served with Air Raid Precautions and was invited to join the Pilgrim Trust's Recording Britain project. He also taught at Watford Grammar School, Brighton Polytechnic department of fine art. In mid 1940s began exhibiting at Leicester Galleries and the work we have available bears the remains of a Leicester Gallery label. George Hooper won many high profile commercial jobs working with Lyons, Shell, Southern Railway and the Post office. His work was also purchased by many county council schools collections and in March 2019 a watercolour from the Hertfordshire schools collection sold for in excess of £4,000.
Hooper was a great friend and admirer of Duncan Grant with whom he became great friends . They both shared a childhood spent in India and a love of ceramics not to mention design and painting . Hooper painted at Charleston with the consent of Grant and the portrait to be found on the reverse of the canvas we currently have in stock has a likeness to Grant in his younger days and may have been painted from Hooper’s many photographs of the house and its contents.
Later solo shows included Odette Gilbert Gallery and Sally Hunter Fine Art, with a memorial show being held at Michael Parkin Gallery in 1995 and retrospective at Collyer Bristow in 2003. Victoria & Albert Museum and British Museum hold his work.