La Reina by George Hallmark
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George Hallmark's paintings combine his love of architecture and art in outstanding images that take the viewer to many exotic locales around the world. This release takes the viewer to a beautiful mission, La Riena (The Queen), Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, near San Antonio, Texas. The magnificent entry of the church, featuring sculptural figures and detailed adornment around the doors, offers a majestic, yet serene, place of worship.
After Mission San Antonio de Valero was founded, many of the local Indians remained unfriendly with each other and refused to worship together. The man in charge of the Franciscan presence in Texas was Father Antonio Margil de Jesus. Father Margil decided to build another mission in San Antonio, a few miles away. He contacted the governor of Coahuila and Texas, the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo. On January 22, 1720, the Marques agreed to not only authorize its founding, but financed the undertaking as well. The new mission was named San Jose and known by travelers as the "Queen of the Missions of New Spain".
About The Artist
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, his work hangs in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Medical Heritage Collection, the Texas Capitol, MBNA, and the Capitol in Washington, D.C. He is an honorary lifetime member of the New Mexico Military Institute Alumni Association.
Hallmark’s work has been featured in Art of the West, 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 Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The artist also participates in the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis.
Hallmark has come full circle to his architectural roots. His love of the subject is prominent in his unique, painterly style in the delineation of stucco walls, tile roofs, and long shadows in his beautiful works. He is currently completing new paintings from recent trips to Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy.
The artist’s originals are represented by Nedra Matteucci Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas. His work is reproduced by Somerset Fine Art in Fulshear, Texas.
"The longer I paint, the more I enjoy this wonderful blessing of creation. The good Lord gave me this incredible desire to be an artist; the rest has been just plain, hard work.”
- George Hallmark
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