Happy Birthday George Tooker!! American born artist from 1920, Tooker was a contemporary painter. Although a representational painter, his images were spookily surreal. Commentary on mechanisms of a modern world were his focus. After studying English Literature and serving in the US military, Tooker was educated at the Arts Students League in New York City. He worked in soft tones of egg tempera on wood panel. Later his work became more personal and emotionally reflective. The painting I am including today is indicative of his early work, The Subway, 1950. Compositionally complex, the space is fractured with geometric shapes, lending to the haunting theme.