For sale here is a HUGE vintage 1962 original oil on canvas modernist painting by American artist/painter/set designer Trew Hocker ((1913-1963). A semi-abstract painting of trees in a forest, this very large painting is in the original period frame and in all original condition! Here's a short biography of the artist that I compiled from several online sources...
Born on June 17, 1913 in Sedalia, MO. His parents were Walter William Hocker (1885-1958) and Jessie Hayes Hocker (1888-1976). He had three siblings Walter Hayes Hocker (unknown dates), Hazel Hocker Gamble (1917-2004) and John Robert Hocker (1923-1929).
He studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City Art Insitute, and the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. He was a muralist and studied under Thomas Hart Benton. He also studied in France at Grande Chaumière, Paris, with Othon Friesz, Fernand Leger & Andre Lhote. Hocker painted murals for the NY World's Fair and the San Francisco Exposition. He was a District Supervisor of WPA Art Program, and later developed graphic training aids for the AAF in WWII.
Trew served in the United States Army from May 16, 1942 to August 20, 1943 as a sergeant and from August 21, 1943 to February 11, 1946 as a captain. I have been able to find that he was stationed at Jefferson Barracks, MO in 1942-43. One of his paintings Jefferson Barracks Train Station hung in the Post Commanding Officer’s office for many years. It is now part of the permanent JB museum military collection and on display in our Powder Magazine Museum.
Hocker designed sets for television and stage in the 1950s, including the 1950s series, Ellery Queen starring Richard Hart. He also painted mural decorations for stores, restaurants, and colleges. He settled in New York City in 1947.
Trew died while working in New York City, NY on January 7, 1963. He is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery in Sedalia, MO.
Mr. Hocker has many other pieces in other museums, such as the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City, MO and pieces in private hands including this one.
Exhibited: Kansas City AI, 1938, 1939; Mo. State Fair, 1935 (prize), 1937 (prize); Arkansas P&S Exh., Little Rock, 1939 (prize); SFNY, 1939; GGE, 1939.; NGA, 1945; NAD, 1948; BM, 1950.
Member: AEA; United Scenic Artists; Nat. Soc. Interior Des.
Work: WPA mural, USPO, St. Louis, MO
This wonderful artwork measures 49.75" across by 21" tall by 1" deep at outside of minimal frame. Signed and dated at front as shown in the photos. Excellent vintage condition with no damage or repairs but with very slight wear mostly to outer edges of the frame - please view the photos, read the description, and ask all questions prior to purchase. I am open to reasonable offers from serious buyers.
HUGE 1962 Original Trew Hocker Oil on Canvas Modernist PAINTING - 49.75" by 21" in Original Frame
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