Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bunny)’, 2013, Phillips
Hunt Slonem, ‘Untitled (Bunny)’, 2013, Phillips

From the Specialists:
Hunt Slonem's expressive paintings of birds and bunnies represent the artist's affection for the past, particularly exemplified by their unique encasement within antique frames, acquired by Slonem on his trips to various flea markets and secondhand stores. The New York-based artist is known for a nostalgic aesthetic both in his work and in his own home decor. These "Bunny" paintings have been largely considered his "warm-ups", a tangible example of the artist's own painterly hand.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: Signed and dated "Hunt Slonem 2013" on the reverse, framed.

Dean Project, Miami
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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