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Paul Hooker
New Zealand portrait and figurative artist

Paul has been tutoring part-time at the Whitecliff College of Art in Auckland for the last eighteen years while working on portraiture, commercial and personal work.
He has had an extensive career in illustration working in several of the top Auckland advertising agencies in the seventies and early eighties. He has completed a variety of significant private commissions including all of the America's Cup Skippers. His portraits have been regularly featured in the New Zealand Portrait Awards (recently renamed the Adam Portaiture Awards) and in 2004 he was commissioned to design and illustrate six stamps and two first day cover motifs for the Christmas Stamps for NZ Post.
Paul is a passionate about painting the portrait incorporating a loose and free style as he attempts to capture the essence of a particularly striking pose. He teaches
life drawing and figure studies and this allows him the ability to constantly perfect his own technique. Paul likes to discover the inherent strength that can be found in individual portrait studies by quietly observing interesting face studies. He paints intuitively with a degree of perception and only uses photographs as a reference tool.
He is particularly adept at portraying urban Maori. The work evolves on the canvas as he applys the paint allowing him to discover more about his perception of the subject. Character imperfections appeal to him and a general feeling is evident in his work that the subject has experienced life in a particular way.
Paul's works are collected both nationally and internationally and he has been influenced by the American artist Alex Kanevsky
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Paul Hooker nz figurative and portrait fine artist, After the show
New After the Show Oil on Canvas 91cm x 76cm $5000 ENQUIRE NOW

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New Cirque Oil on Canvas 91cm x 76cm $5000 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
 
New Cirque Deux Oil on Canvas 76cm x 61cm ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, della notte
 
paul hooker nz contemporary portraiture
New Della Notte Oil on Board 102cm x 76cm ENQUIRE NOW
 
Showgirl Oil on Canvas 71cm x 56cm $3500 ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait and figure artist, oil on canvas, last canoe
 
Paul Hooker, nz fine art portrait and figure painter, nude
New The Last Canoe Oil on Board 102cm x 76cm $6000 ENQUIRE NOW
 
New Nude Adjustment Oil on Canvas 45cm x 40cm $1000 ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz figure and portrai artist, blue nude
 
Paul Hooker nz fine art, figure painting, green nude
New Blue Nude Oil on Canvas 56cm x 40cm $900 ENQUIRE NOW
 
New Green Nude Oil on Canvas 56cm x 45cm $900 ENQUIRE NOW Sold

paul hooker nz portrait and fine art painter, oils, figures
Bedtime Stories and Dreams Oil on Canvas
Size: 122cm x 76cm Price $4000 Enquire Now

paul hooker nz fine art portrait artist
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New Tiny Dancer Oil on Canvas 122cm x 91cm $4000 ENQUIRE NOW
Cherish the Land Acrylic on Canvas
Size:122cm x 91cm $NZ4500 ENQUIRE NOW Sold
paul hooker nz portrait artist
paul hooker nz figure and portrait artist, oil paintings
Orchids Oil on Canvas 101cm x 71cm $NZ4000 Sold
Queen of the Clowns Oil on Canvas
Size: 91cm x 91cm $4200 ENQUIRE NOW
Paul Hooker nz portrait artist, acrylic paintings
 
Lighter Steps Acrylic on Canvas 122cm x 76cm $NZ5000 ENQUIRE NOW
 
paul hooker nz portrait artist
Line and Motion Oil on Canvas Size 92cm x 61cm $3800 ENQUIRE NOW


paul hooker nz portrait artist
Guardians Oil on Canvas 122cm x 92cm $NZ4000 ENQUIRE NOW
The Offering Oil on Canvas 101cm x 71cm $NZ3500 ENQUIRE NOW

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