ON VIEW APRIL 15, 2016 – MAY 21, 2016
Miller Gallery is excited to announce its newest show, featuring Hunt Slonem. The Gallery will highlight Slonem’s most popular subjects, bringing pattern and color to the gallery space. Butterflies, birds and bunnies construct a show of spectacular magnitude, encompassing the bold, vibrant style of the artist. The exhibition is composed of new paintings including large-scale canvases measuring 6 x 7 feet, works embellished with diamond dust, and lush floral compositions against Hunt’s trademark “guardian” background.
Slonem’s paintings are layered with thick brushstrokes of vivid color, often cut into in a cross-hatched grid pattern that adds texture to the overall surface, and suggests the cages through which he views his birds. This surface patterning combines with the rich colors and recognizable subject matter to create paintings that are physically and aesthetically rich. Hunt’s iconic bunny paintings are the result of a daily morning warm-up that was sparked during a late-night revelation at a Chinese restaurant: that he was born in the Year of the Rabbit. His famous Bunny Wall combines his art with his passion for collecting, as the paintings are exhibited in Victorian-era portrait frames picked up from his travels across the country.
Considered one of the great colorists of his time, Hunt delivers his freewheeling sense of awe, wonder and detail to his wild array of paintings. Based in New York City, the artist has become a lifestyle trendsetter and a design icon. He has 36 exhibitions of his works throughout the U.S. and Europe planned for this year alone.
As the son of a Navy officer, Slonem spent his childhood on military bases: growing orchids in Hawaii, collecting stamps in Louisiana, and chasing butterflies in Nicaragua—the place that inspired him most. The tropical landscape informed not only his process, but his need to be surrounded by the nature that he paints; he often works with a bird or two perched on his shoulder. Hunt Slonem’s artistic career began in New York, after his arrival in 1973. His first major exhibition took place in 1977, instantly placing his work in the fashionable New York art world. As his career progressed, he was introduced to people like Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Sylvia Miles, and Truman Capote. He soon became a habitué of New York’s trendiest hot spots and an active participant in the city’s burgeoning art scene.
Slonem’s works are found in hundreds of collections, all over the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Institution, The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States Department of State, Dayton Art Institute, Columbus Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Brandeis University Rose Art Museum, Vanderbilt University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Miami University Art Museum, Tel Aviv Museum and the Miró