Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bird) Signed and Inscribed to art critic and writer’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bird) Signed and Inscribed to art critic and writer’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bird) Signed and Inscribed to art critic and writer’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bird) Signed and Inscribed to art critic and writer’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery
Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bird) Signed and Inscribed to art critic and writer’, 1997, Alpha 137 Gallery

This magnificent, classic Hunt Slonem painting depicting a red-headed bird was dedicated to the art critic and author Ronny Cohen - who wrote the essay for Slonem's book "Exotica". Ronnie was a friend of the artist - and a friend of ours too. The work is enclosed in a frame that was constructed by the artist himself. On the verso (rear) it is hand signed ink ink, bearing the inscription:
For Ronny on the big 50
Love, Hunt

This was acquired directly from Ronny Cohen, a personal friend of ours and Hunt's. It has not appeared at public auction and is fresh to market. A wonderful Hunt Slonem gem- a very special piece with very special provenance!

Signature: Hand Signed and inscribed on verso (rear).

Purchased directly from Ronny Cohen, a personal friend of Hunt Slonem and author of the catalogue "Exotica". Provenance is direct.

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