Hunt Slonem, Finches Red, 2000, 7-color screenprint, sheet: 28.5" x 41", ed: 32, $1200.
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Hunt Slonem: Biographical Sketch
Hunt Slonem was born in Kittery, Maine in 1951. Slonem is best known for his maximalist paintings of wildlife exotica, most famously birds, rabbits and butterflies. His fascination with exotica imprinted during his childhood in Hawaii and experience as a foreign exchange student in Managua, Nicaragua. Slonem received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and studied painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Since 1977, Slonem has exhibited the world over and has had over 350 shows, including 20 museum exhibitions. In 2020, Slonem will solo at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia and The Birzha Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga Bourse, Latvia. Moreover, his work has been exhibited in Madras, Quito, Venice, Gustavia, San Juan, Guatemala City, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Stockholm, Oslo, Cologne, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums internationally, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Miro Foundation.
Among his awards, he won the 1991 National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Painting, and McDowell Fellowships in 1986, 1984 and 1983.
Since 1973, Slonem has lived and worked in New York City. His current studio is over 30,000 square feet with dozens and dozens of tropical birds. Drawing inspiration from the spiritual and natural worlds, Slonem repeats these motifs on an epic scale in an act of visual and artistic mantra. Rendered through loose, gestural brushwork, his figures dissolve into rhythmic patterns at the edges of abstraction, creating symphonies of color, line and form across a highly textural canvas. His oeuvre’s meditative qualities are equally matched, by a “remarkable levity… a lightness of being” (Henry Geldzahler, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1996).
Slonem has also received critical acclaim for his restorations of national historic monuments, including Gilded Age mansions and antebellum plantations, which the artist saves from neglect and fills with installations combining his work with collections of 19th century antiques. Numerous corporate collections include Slonem’s work and numerous books and monographs have chronicled his art, studios and homes.
Since 1994, Slonem has created over 80 fine art print editions and unique hand-painted monoprints with Stewart & Stewart.
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