Van Hoople was a well-known painter in the US, born in Chicago in 1934. He studied in the University of Texas and the Art Center in Los Angeles, and did his apprenticeship under Mr. P.T. Blackburn, the art director of Cecil B. DeMill’s at Paramount studios.
Afterwards, he began working with the Hillside House of Originals, for Le Roy Benjamin, and had bagged a contract to showcase his paintings only there. His works, besides being of aesthetic value, are intrinsically of a decorative value, as they blend in with all types of interiors.