Gilman Contemporary exhibits “Quantum Leap”, a selection of oil paintings by Hunt Slonen. Slonem’s work is characterized by his exuberant brush strokes and lavishly colored canvases populated by birds, butterflies and often, bunnies.
Ketchum, Idaho: Gilman Contemporary exhibits “Quantum Leap”, a selection of oil paintings by Hunt Slonem. The exhibition runs February 28-April 10, 2018.
Slonem was born in Kittery, Maine in 1951. His father was a Navy officer and as a result, he moved frequently to such places as Hawaii, Conneticut and California. During his college years, Slonem studied in Nicaragua and Mexico which heavily influenced his early work that featured the exotic flora and fauna from these locals.
Uninterested in realism, Slonem's work is deeply rooted in the act of painting. The paintings explore the fullest capacity of color and texture. He often cuts a cross-hatched pattern into the thick oil paint. The surface patterning combined with rich color creates works that are poetic and rich.
Globally, more than 100 museums include Hunt Slonem’s work in their collections, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He has been commissioned to paint large scale murals for the Bryant Park Grill, New York City and the former World Trade Center, NYC.