I have been a creator all my life in a multitude of mediums including oil, fiber, and photography. I have a need to make things and get my hands dirty. I am passionate about skiing and anything old. Also, I love being outdoors. It shows in my work.
My recent venture in the art world is and has been based on a photo series of my extensive collection of over 100 antique toy skiers from the dawn of skiing (1930’s and 40’s). The images are taken in snow, high in the mountains at ski resorts across the country, not photoshopped to appear on location. This work showcases the beauty of mountain landscapes with a wink of whimsy designed to draw the viewer in and surprise and delight. I love working at the intersections of time and nature and forcing the viewer to question what is real. I try and create a sense of movement, though none exists.
I have been asked many times where each of the skier pictures were shot, but I am intentionally coy about the locations. Instead, I hope they conjure in the viewer a broad feeling of joy associated with skiing without tying into a single experience.
Robert Paul Galleries is proud to show the works of American artist Hooey Wilks.