Ellison Hoover was an American printmaker and cartoonist. Coming from Cleveland Ohio, Hoover’s Midwestern roots contributed to his regionalist style. Hoover was able to make a living by contributing cartoons to periodicals and journals such as The New Yorker, Life Magazine and the Brooklyn Eagle.
Pulitzer Fountain. 1930. Lithograph
Washington Arch in Snow. 1930. Lithograph
Apart from his commercial work, Hoover was a successful lithographer who published a number of print editions. His lithographs often depict cityscapes and landscapes. Many of his scenes take place at night or during a snowstorm, creating a diffused light. Rather than using stark black and white, Hoover’s prints show a range of gray tones. Most of Hoover’s lithographs take place in New York City, documenting the urban landscape of the early 20th century.
Fair and Colder. 1930. Lithograph
Corsican Morning. 1945. Lithograph
Manhattan Midnight. 1930. Lithograph
While Hoover’s lithographs mostly consisted of landscapes, his cartoons were more figurative. Hoover was a master of facial expressions, having studied anatomy at the Art Students League. Ellison Hoover is well remembered for his contributions to American printmaking and illustration.