Artist and collector Hunt Slonem is best known for his huge Neo-Expressionist oil paintings of tropical birds based on his personal aviary. His lavishly coloured canvases are populated with rows of birds rendered with thick brushstrokes.
The magic behind Hunt Slonem
As a famous neo-expressionist, his works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums across the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation, the New Orleans Museum of Art and from now on also in Mallorca.
Selected due to his consideration as an integral member of a movement of which Julian Schnabel and Georg Baselitz are also members, Slonem’s playful paintings often depict multiples of the same subject in a loosely composed grid, rendered with gestural brushstrokes and a witty sense of humour. Besides the birds, Slonem also paints repetitions of flowers, bunnies, butterflies, as well as portraits, particularly of the iconic figure of Abraham Lincoln.
“I would say my whole life could be summed up by the word exotica”.
According to the acclaimed New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, “this witty Formalist strategy meshes the creatures into the picture plane and sometimes nearly obliterates them as images, but it also suspends and shrouds them in a dim, atmospheric light that is quite beautiful”.
This summer, the innovative Gallery RED bought the famous American Artist to Spain for the very first time, where the grand opening of the colourful exhibition caught the eye of every art lover in town.
To celebrate his very first exhibition in Spain, the artist himself was the special guest of the opening event where over 100 handpicked VIP-guests attended the event. Here they were enchanted by the magic pieces of the artist who has gained international accolade for his work.
More information: www.huntslonem.com
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