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 can be found in many prestigious private and corporate collections, including those of Texas Instruments, the Texas State Capitol, MBNA, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum, and the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in Art of the West, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, and U.S. Art magazines.
Hallmark is an annual participant in the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the Masters of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, California. He participates in the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West show in Indianapolis, Indiana, where in 2010 he won the Artist of Distinction award. Hallmark’s work was also featured in the West Select Show at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, where in 2011 he won the silver medal for oil painting. In early 2012, the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, purchased a major painting of his for their permanent collection.