Hunt Slonem



Hunt Slonem

Saba, 2021
HandBlown Glass
18 x 9 x 9.50 in
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Hunt achieves a new level of mischievous maturity, evolving beyond the painterly renditions of his favorite flora and fauna. He embarks on a journey that explores eccentric airs of contemporary art making. “Through the Looking Glass” shatters the procedural mold and ventures into an uncharted territory of sculptural fabrications, propelling his art into a new, refreshing, and appealing realm of glass ears, bright lights, glowing fur, and polished bronze. This migration to a more ultramodern and state-of-the-art fashion pleasantly persuades the viewer to follow him into an edgy yet frolicsome kingdom of chic studio production. Not knowing where this psychedelic Hunt-hole ends, viewers are showered with multiplications and proliferations that are tremendously elegant. Reactions are instantaneous as we bask in his new regales of audacious macrocosms guided by his ingenuity and technique. Shifting paradigms of art market sustainability seem to fluctuate from brick and mortar to Online Viewing Rooms, and back again. However, Hunt Slonem, an artist whose credibility reflects over 40 years of museum and gallery exhibitions holds onto his title of merry maestro by using 2020’s unique pandemically influenced proxemics to refocus, retool and launch his new collection and he chose South Florida as the launch site. In Slonem’s Salon Collection, ornately baroque frames adorn the protruding bunny bust portraits…or is it the other way around? Fragile sensibilities of material are juxtaposed by ludicrously portrayed aristocracy. Neither gaudy nor kitschy, the immeasurable depictions are golden in their delightful executions.


Hunt Slonem

 

Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father’s position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt’s formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style.

 

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