Born and raised in north-central Texas, George Hallmark was an architectural designer and commercial artist before turning to easel painting. Voted the official Texas State Artist in 1988, he has done work which can be found in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Texas Capital, MBNA, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Hallmark’s work has been featured in Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and U.S. Art magazines. He is an annual participant in the Prix de West Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, and the Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
George participates in the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis, where in 2010 he won the Artist of Distinction Award. Hallmark’s work is also featured in the West Select Show at the Phoenix Art Museum, where in 2011 he won the Silver medal for oil painting. In early 2012 the Briscoe Museum in San Antonio purchased a major painting for their permanent collection.
September 7, 2019, at the Quest for the West Show, at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana, George was awarded the Harrison Eiteljorg Purchase Award.
NOTABLE AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
2017 Frederic Remington Award for Exceptional Painting – Prix de West – National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
2015 Cover and Feature – Art of the West Magazine
2014 Featured Artist – Architecture in Art, Phippin Museum, Prescott, Arizona
2012 Permanent collection – Briscoe Museum
2011 Silver Medal Winner for Oil Painting – “The West Select” show, Phoenix Art Museum
2011 Permanent collection – Eiteljorg Museum
2011 Retrospective at Eiteljorg Museum
2010 Featured in book “Texas Traditions” Contemporary Artists of the Lone Star State
2010 “Artist of Distinction” award – Eiteljorg Museum
2010 Western Art and Architecture Publishers Award – Autry Museum
2009 Commissioned by Booth Western Art Museum – Major Work
2008 Selected member of the Salmagundi Club – New York, N.Y.
2008 “Sombras de Dios” selected Top 10 – Art of The West Magazine
2005 Permanent collection – Autry Museum
2001 “Viernes” selected by US Art Magazine – Top 50 paintings
1988 Selected by Texas State Legislature as Official Texas State Artist