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Hunt Slonem
Blue Diamonds, Two Bunnies on Cobalt Blue, Antique Gold Frame

2015

$13,250Asking Price

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Blue Diamonds, 2015 Two bunny rabbits on a diamond dust cobalt blue background, original oil painting Antique gold frame Framed size Inspired by nature, and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of more than 250 museums. His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father’s position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt’s formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style. Slonem’s most ambitious project has been his mission to save America’s often forgotten historic buildings. Realizing too many of the country’s architectural gems have fallen into disrepair, Slonem has found himself drawn to these national landmarks, inspired by the depth of their age and old-world beauty. Among his accomplishments are the restorations of Cordt’s Mansion in Kingston, New York; the Lakeside and Albania plantations of Louisiana; and the Scranton Armory and Charles Sumner Woolworth’s mansion in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His sixth and latest endeavor is Belle Terre, a storied property in South Kortright, New York. PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Academy of the Arts, Easton, Maryland American Banaco, New York, NY Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Artbank Program, United States Department of State, Washington D.C. Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain UAE Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL. Bates College Museum of Arts, Olin Art Center, Lewiston, ME Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY Bowdoin Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME Brandeis University Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA Alexander Breast Gallery, Jacksonville University Museum, Jacksonville, FL Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, FL Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH Colegio de Architecto, Quito, Ecuador Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME Columbia University Libraries, new York, NY Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, FL Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN Danville Museum, Danville, VA Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE Delgado University, New Orleans, LA Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit, MI Drury Univ., Springfield, MO Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, IN Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY Farnsworth Library & Art Museum, Rockland, ME Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI Florida International University Art Museum, Miami, FL Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY Guilin Art Museum, Guilin Guang XI P.R. China Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT Human Systems Technology, Baltimore, MD Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN Jedco, Jefferson Parrish, LA The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design of Kansas City Art Institute, MO Jefferson Performing Art Center, Metairie, LA J. Patrick Lannan Gallery, Palm Beach, FL Community College Museum of Art, Lake Worth, FL Le Musée d’Art Haitian, Port au Prince, Haiti The Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL Long Island Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY Louisiana Arts & Science Museum, Baton Rouge Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon Women’s College, Lynchburg, VA Memphis Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY Miami-Dade Community College South Campus, Miami, FL Miami University, Oxford, OH Michener Museum of Art, Doylestown, PA Mills College Art Museum, Mills College, Oakland, CA Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC Miro Foundation, Spain Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Miss. Missouri State University, Springfield University of Missouri, Columbia Mita Corporation, Fairfield, NJ Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Neuberger Museum, Purchase College/State University of New York, Purchase Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA New York Academy of Art, New York, NY New York Historical Society, New York, NY Newark Museum, Newark, NJ Northfield Nt. Hermon School, Mt. Hermon, MA Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA Ohio Wesleyan Univ. Delaware, OH Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL Ozark Community Technical College, Springfield Port Authority, One World Trade Center (Mural), New York, NY Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME Pulitzer Collection, Amsterdam, Holland Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY Saint Louis University, Cupples House & McNamee Gallery, St. Louis, MO Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary City, MD Saint Petersburg Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL Samford University, Birmingham, AL San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX Salt Queen Foundation, Southampton, NY Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, Port Orchard, WA Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Syracuse University Art Collection, Syracuse, NY Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL The Taubman Museum of Art, West Virginia, Roanoke, VA Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii United States Department of State, Washington, D.C. University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries, Machias, ME University of Michigan, Art Museum Project, Dearborn, MI University of Oklahoma, Fred Jones Art Center, Norman, OK Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA Von Leibig Art Center, Naples, FL Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS Wurth Museum, Kunzelsau, Germany CORPORATE AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS American Banaco, New York, NY American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. ARK Restaurant Corporation Best Products, Richmond, VA Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA Citibank, N.A. Clifford Russell, Inc., New York, NY Continental Airlines Crummy, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ E.I. Dupont De Nemours, New York, NY Forbes, New York, NY Forgman Co., Louisville, KY Goldman Sachs Co., New York, NY Hamilton Restaurant, Washington, DC Hilton Hotels, Guam HRH Headquarters, Washington, DC Human Systems Technology, Baltimore, MD IBM Corporation Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, FL Jewish Home & Hospital for Aged, New York, NY L’Ermitage Hotel, Hollywood, CA Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., New York, NY Marriott Corporation Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, Conshohocken, PA Mita Corporation, NJ NY American Telephone & Telegraph Nieman-Marcus, Dallas, TX Paine Webber, Inc., Lincoln Harbour, NJ Pierce, Atwood, Scribner, Allen, Smith & Lancaster, Portland, ME Primavera Systems, Bala Cynwyd, PA Princess Cruise Lines Readers Digest Inc., Pleasantville, NY Relume Corporation, Troy, Michigan Roger Ogden Company, New Orleans, LA Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas Saint Agatha’s Children’s Home, New York, NY Sanco General Corporation Silvestri Corporation, Chicago, IL Simpson & Thatcher, New York, NY Sonesta Corporation, Boston, MA Takashima Corporation, Hawaii TRW Corporation, Lyndhurst, OH Tucker Anthony, Inc., New York, NY UBS Paine Webber, Inc., Lincoln Harbour, NJ U.M.K.C. John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City, MO Zale Corporation, Dallas, TX

Details

  • Creator
    Hunt Slonem (1951, American)
  • Creation Year
    2015
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU112825079542

About the Artist

Hunt Slonem

“I believe in repetition like a holy mantra or rosary,” neo-Expressionist painter Hunt Slonem told Introspective, referring to his artistic method. “I am slightly influenced by Pop art, like the repetition of soup cans, postage stamps and celebrities. It’s something I have been doing my whole life.”

Slonem, who often depicts birds, rendered in thick, gestural brushstrokes and arranged in a loose grid, developed his fascination with tropical avian life during a childhood spent in Hawaii and Nicaragua. Today, his 30,000-square-foot studio in Brooklyn contains an aviary, along with a personal garden, a collection of antiques and walls and walls of artworks.

Besides birds, Slonem also paints bunnies — so many that they’ve become a signature. Limned in expressive, urgent strokes on flat, vibrantly colored backgrounds, these creatures fascinate through their subtle variations. “I have painted hundreds of rabbits, but each one is different,” the artist has explained. “Each has its own personality, and it just comes through me.”

The multitalented Slonem also sculpts, makes prints, creates installations and restores historic spaces. His work has achieved cult status among collectors and is represented in the permanent collections of such esteemed institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Slonem has even made an appearance on Real Housewives of New York.

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