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 Robert Hooton  (1917 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/District Of Columbia      Known for: collage, assemblage, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Larry Greenly who did a personal interview with the artist:

Robert Hooton (1917- ) was born in Washington, D.C. At the age of two, he moved to Illinois. In the early 1940s, he returned to Washington, D.C., where he discovered art by Picasso, Van Gogh, et. al., at the Phillips Museum Gallery. Hooton's work has been influenced by Arthur Dove, a friend of Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe, and one of the first abstract painters.

Hooton graduated with a B.A. in architectural design from the University of Illinois (1940) and did graduate studies at the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts (1950-51). During WWII and the invasion of Iwo Jima, he was a U.S. Navy Seabee, draftsman and combat artist (1942-45). After the war (1946-50) he lived and painted in Guatemala. Hooton and his wife operated a fine arts and crafts gallery in Old Town, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1951-77). He currently lives in Albuquerque.

Hooton is an arts advocate and activist for a variety of art organizations in Albuquerque. He was chairman of the Historic Zone of Old Town Architecture Review Board for twenty years. A founding member of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, he was also instrumental in founding the Albuquerque Designer Craftsmen (1950s-60s), the Albuquerque Gallery Association, the Albuquerque Arts Alliance, Southwest Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Albuquerque Historical Society Museum.

He is an eclectic artist in several media, including painting, pastels, and assembly collage, and feels that "Many times the art of creating the piece becomes the encounter itself."

In 2001, the City of Albuquerque purchased his painting, Sandia Sunset (1997), and found assemblage collage, Velocipede (2000), for permanent exhibition at the Highland Senior Center, Albuquerque.

Hooton's Guatemalan works have been exhibited in Bloomington, Illinois; the New Mexico Museum of Ethnology; the Illinois State Museum, Springfield, Illinois; People's Art Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri; and Plaza Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

His art is also found in the permanent collections of the Albuquerque Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection, and the Illinois State Museum.


2000 Three-person show (seven abstract assemblages), Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque.

2000 Group show (four life drawings), Ironic Horse Studio, Albuquerque.

1999 Three-person show (new works), Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque.

1998 Group show (abstract pastels), Pastel Society National Convention.

1998 Son and Father Exhibit (with son, sculptor Timothy Hooton), Peter Eller Gallery, Albuquerque.


1997 Retrospective: 1977-1997, Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque.

1996 Transitional Works: 1948-1952, Peter Eller Gallery, Albuquerque.

1995 The Invasion of Iwo Jima, Invasion Drawings and Commemorative Collages, Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

1994 Recent Pastels and Collages, La Plante Gallery, Albuquerque.

1993 Mixed Media and Collages, Weyrich Gallery, Albuquerque.

1992 Images on Paper, Collins-Pettit Gallery, Taos, NM.

1991 Art Deckle: Handmade Paper, CAFE Gallery, Albuquerque.

1987 New Works, Framing Concepts Gallery, Albuquerque.

1985 New Works in Acrylic, University of New Mexico, Art Education Gallery, Albuquerque.

1982 Proscenia, Ruth Ramburg Gallery, Albuquerque.


1. City of Albuquerque Public Art Program.

2. Robert Hooton, Curriculum Vita.

3. Personal interview.

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