New Paintings by Kermit Oliver

Hooks-Epstein Galleries is proud to present an exhibition of new paintings by Kermit Oliver. The exhibition opens Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:00 A.M (opening day visits will be done by appointment). Hooks-Epstein has been exhibiting Kermit Oliver’s paintings, drawings, hand-colored prints, and even sculpture, for over 30 years. This would not be possible without a love for the art and for Kermit himself. Kermit Oliver’s masterfully executed paintings and drawings have earned him worldwide recognition as one of the finest contemporary American artists of our time. Oliver’s work is included in the inaugural exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC), which opened to the public in 2016. Also in 2016, The Nave Museum (Victoria, TX) held a solo exhibition of selected works by Oliver. The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University (Waco, TX) held an exhibition of his paintings and Hermès scarves in 2014. In 2013, Oliver received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art League Houston. Oliver’s work was the subject of a lifetime retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2005. His work was included in the 2001 international SITE SANTA FE biennial (NM), curated by art historian/critic Dave Hickey. An alumnus of Texas Southern University who was mentored by Professor and muralist, Dr. John Biggers, Oliver was honored in 2016 at the university’s biennial For The Sake of Art gala and runway show. He was the subject of an article in the October 2012 issue of Texas Monthly, titled Portrait of the Artist as a Postman: The strange and secret world of Kermit Oliver. He was also featured in an NPR news segment, How A Texas Postman Became An Hermès Designer. Oliver holds the distinction of being the only American artist to create scarf designs for the French fashion house of Hermès. In addition, Kermit Oliver, a student of Greek and Roman mythology and of the Old and New Testaments, derives extensive symbolism from these texts, which he presents in his work in a contemporary and highly personal way. His paintings show the honesty and integrity of a talented and dedicated artist. His works have a sense of spirit and mystery that reflect his unique and personal vision. The Kermit Oliver exhibition will continue through January 9, 2021. GALLERY HOURS ARE TUESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY | SATURDAYS FROM 11:00AM—5:00PM AND BY APPOINTMENT.
Exhibition Dates: 
Saturday, December 5, 2020 to Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Frugal Repast

A Frugal Repast, 2019, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 16"

A Gaunt Belled Cow...

A Gaunt Belled Cow Wondering, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 17 3/4"

Still Life with Birds

Still Life with Birds, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 20 x 15"

The Last Meal at...

The Last Meal at Jerusalem, 2019, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 20"

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A Ruffed Monkey...

A Ruffed Monkey Caressing Apples, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 18 x 15"

A Saintly Monkey Took...

A Saintly Monkey Took Pity On An Ogress, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 20"

A Young Errant Goat...

A Young Errant Goat Entangled Amid a Rank and Rampant Vine of Buffalo Gourds, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 20"

Bellwether with...

Bellwether with Nesting Paisano, 2020, offset litho, p.s. 12 3/4 x 14" / i.s. 8 3/4 x 9 3/4", ed. 123/200


Chrysalis, 2020, acrylic on board, Kermit frame, 10 1/2 x 15 1/4"

Circe's Pride

Circe's Pride, 2019, acrylic on paper, p.s. 10 x 15"

Goldfinch and Emerging...

Goldfinch and Emerging Snake, 2020, acrylic on board, Kermit frame, 13 1/2 x 9"

Hay Lift

Hay Lift, 1974, acrylic on paper, p.s. 18 x 24"

Mater Dolorosa

Mater Dolorosa, 2019, acrylic on paper, p.s. 20 x 15"

Mrs. Leda's Blue...

Mrs. Leda's Blue Hope Chest, 2019, acrylic on paper, p.s. 20 x 15"

Processioned Flight

Processioned Flight, 2020, acrylic on board, Kermit frame, 20 x 18 1/4"

The Disobedient Prophet

The Disobedient Prophet, 2020, acrylic on panel, Kermit frame, 31 1/2 x 49 1/2"

White and Black Cat...

White and Black Cat with Blue Vase Atop a Red Chest, 2020, acrylic on paper, p.s. 15 x 19 3/4"