Hampton never really saw himself as an artist until college. He spent time at both Oregon State University and University of Oregon, it was there that he learned about the Art Center College in L.A., after years of doodling on his notebooks Hampton had found his calling, art. The Art Center College teaches student how to use art in the real world. When he was first starting out Hampton worked at an advertising agency in Australia. He spent time traveling to New Zealand and eventually hitch-hiked his way through Europe. After returning to the Bay Area, Hampton started a family and spent the next 45 years working in advertising, marketing, branding and graphic design, as well as owning and designing restaurants and buildings in San Francisco.
Hampton’s daughters are the real reason he moved to Austin. Both girls are also creative, making Austin the perfect place for them. Hampton and his wife Jacqueline decided to relocate closer to their girls and ‘retired’ to Austin. Hampton was inspired by Austin and started painting what he saw including cowboy boots, guitars, music venues, cactus, old trucks and motorcycles, road signs and food trucks.
Hampton started showing his art work around Austin including Z’tejas where Jack Gilmore was working at the time. Gilmore saw Hampton’s work and knew he had to have it for his new restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen. The two along with Gilmore’s business partner Tom Kamm became friends. Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s motto is “Local in Source and Texan in Spirit” which Hampton’s art reflects beautifully. Hampton’s art work rotates often at the Oak Hill location of Jack Allen’s Kitchen but he has permanent pieces, depicting fruits and vegetables, at the Round Rock location. Most recently Hampton was given the task of providing the baseball themed art work for Jack Allen’s Kitchen at Dell Diamond. Hampton loves working with Gilmore and Kamm he says “they make work look fun”.
George also does commission work quite often. Is there an image in your head that you could see in his style? Something special to you? Just ask him, he can most likely make it come to life on canvas! You can contact him directly at email@example.com or check out his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/George-Hampton/211654398867058. Don’t forget to stop by any of the Jack Allen’s Kitchen locations to see his art work up close.
His technique, although a bit painstaking, is worth it in the end when you see the texture and energy that each painting takes on. He first paints the entire canvas black, then works on top of that, building it up and leaving some of the black to come through at the end. Each piece reflects his whimsical personality and graphic background and approach.