Nicholas Hunt was born February 4th, 1985 in Newport Beach, California where he grew up surrounded by business minded entrepreneurs and Southern California art icons Billy Al Bengston, Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Laddie John Dill, Andy Moses, and Ed Ruscha. These experiences in business, art, California culture, and the unmistakable beauty and variety of Southern California landscapes have been instrumental in developing his visual acuity. Nicholas received a BA in Art History from Pepperdine University, and an MA in Art Business form Sotheby's Art Institute in New York to begin a career as an art dealer. After several years working on the business side of art, Hunt went dark in 2015 to begin creating art full-time. Upon his reemergence, Hunt has unveiled a series of breakthrough works.
In Nicholas Hunt's Caliber Abstractions series he has invented a method to add value by subtracting, and through the process created a contemporary reincarnation of Robert Rauschenberg's 'erased de Kooning'. "Visually I have always been stimulated by change, color, light and space. So what I wanted to do was find a new way to add value and "create" color through a completely negative process. The idea of the gun represents both the logical and final conclusion of an eraser while epitomizing the ultimate Western, or American, tool." -NEH
On a conceptual and humanistic level, his Caliber Abstraction series is also a symbol for the value that life creates within the individual self. Throughout life we are challenged, rewarded, broken repaired, scarred physically and sometimes emotionally. It's these experiences that we owe our individuality, our uniqueness, and in essence our value. Similar to Hunt's artwork. our true colors are revealed and polished through our collision course with life.
Each unique work is layered with distinctive color through various methods, then shot with a gun to reveal that which is beneath the surface. Without destroying the work, or taking something away from it you would never fully understand the true value of the work. Even though the process of creation is quite destructive, the outcome results in the creation of something strong, beautiful, uplifting and positive.
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Los Angeles, Ca