Hunt Slonem, ‘Lunas Study-C’, 2012, Stewart & Stewart

Hunt Slonem prepared a watercolor study that served as the principle substrate image for his series of five hand painted monoprints titled Lunas Study, lettered A to E. The watercolor study was digitally captured and adjusted, after which five archival pigment prints were printed at Arbor Oakland Group on Entrada Rag Natural, 100% cotton paper. The artist then hand painted each print using gouache with variations from print to print. This is a rare series of unique works and Hunt Slonem's first monoprints combining pigment printing and hand painting.

Series: Lunas Study-E is the 3rd in a series of 5 uniquely hand painted monoprints in Hunt Slonem's Lunas Study series.

Image rights: Photo © 2012

Publisher: Stewart & Stewart

About Hunt Slonem

Artist and collector Hunt Slonem is best known for huge Neo-Expressionist oil paintings of tropical birds based on his personal aviary. His lavishly colored canvases are populated with rows of birds rendered with thick brushstrokes. “I was influenced by Warhol's repetition of soup cans and Marilyn,” Slonem says. “But I'm more interested in doing it in the sense of prayer, with repetition... It's really a form of worship.” According to The 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.” Besides the birds, Slonem also paints repetitions of flowers, bunnies, butterflies, as well as portraits, particularly of Abraham Lincoln.

American, b. 1951, Kittery, Maine, United States, based in New York, NY, United States