Slonem’s vibrant personality is not only apparent in his art, but in every aspect of his life. Wonderland is a celebration of his colorful world and interest in all things exotic. His studio is filled with the antique furniture that he hand-selects from around the world, the squawks and sounds of his adopted birds (over 60 of them), and colorfully painted walls that serve as a backdrop for his iconic paintings. As a collector and restorer of historical homes, it is his passion to bring life back to estates that have been long forgotten over the years. He fills them with the art and antiques that bring joy to his own life.
These extraordinary paintings serve as a portal into the world of Hunt Slonem. The meditative qualities in Slonem’s work mimic his light-hearted and spiritual nature and through the use of his vivid colors and whimsical iconography, Slonem creates his very own Wonderland.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Kittery, Maine, in 1951, New York-based artist Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, well-known for his Neo-Expressionist works featuring butterflies, rabbits, and tropical birds. Considered one of the great colorists of his time, Slonem’s gestural and extraordinarily vibrant portraits of wildlife immortalize and celebrate each species while honoring the exuberance and diversity of life itself.
Slonem is also an accomplished designer, decorator, and restorer of homes. Championed as works of art in their own right, these spaces include not only the artist’s East Village loft and his 30,0000 square-foot Brooklyn studio, but also the two plantation houses he’s restored in Louisiana and Cordts Mansion located in the Hudson River Valley. Slonem’s work on these transcendent and colorful spaces has been featured in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times.
Slonem studied painting at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. His work has been the focus of over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide and is held in the collections of more than 100 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
ABOUT LAURA RATHE FINE ART
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, gallery owner, Laura Rathe, started her career working as a private art dealer before establishing Laura Rathe Fine Art (LRFA) in 1998 in Houston, Texas. LRFA now operates out of two locations in Houston and a third gallery in Dallas on Dragon Street, the city’s premiere arts district destination. Since the gallery's inception, LRFA has established itself as a leading contemporary art venue, offering an impressive range of exhibitions and programming to its patrons in both cities.
LRFA represents a dynamic roster of established and mid-career contemporary artists working in a variety of media, many of whom have been acquired into world-renowned private, corporate, and museum collections. Various clientele include BBVA Compass, HKS Architects, Wells Fargo, W Hotels, UT Southwestern, Halliburton, and ConocoPhillips. LRFA also participates in a number of prominent art fairs including CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Southampton, Art Wynwood, Texas Contemporary, and the Dallas Art Fair.