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Hunt Slonem Totem

“I believe in repetition like a holy mantra or rosary,” neo-Expressionist painter Hunt Slonem (b. 1951) 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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Hunt Slonem "Totem Butterflies" Multicolored Metallic
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Butterflies" Multicolored Metallic Light butterflies on a rainbow metallic "totem" background Unframed: 50 x 60 inches *Painting is unframed* Hunt Slonem is...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Totem Tondo 2" Multicolored Butterflies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Tondo 2" Butterflies Two silver butterflies on a rainbow metallic background in an antique gold oval frame Unframed: 10 x 8 inches Framed: 15 x 13 inches *Paint...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Wood, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Totem Assumption" Multicolored Metallic Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Assumption" Multicolored Metallic Bunnies Black outlined bunnies on a rainbow and metallic "totem" background Unframed: 70 x 50 inches *Painting is unframed* ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Oil, Canvas

Hunt Slonem "Totem Stair" Multicolored Metallic Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Stair" Multicolored Metallic Bunnies Four black gestured bunnies on a multicolored metallic background in an antique frame Unframed: 30 x 23.75 inches Framed: 4...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Wood, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Belle Terre" Totem Series Butterflies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Belle Terre" Totem Series Butterflies Multicolored butterflies a rainbow metallic background Unframed: 72 x 84 inches *Painting is unframed* Hunt Slonem is a well-re...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Tall Totem" Multicolored Rainbow Metallic Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Tall Totem" Rainbow Multicolored Metallic Bunnies Black outlined bunnies on a multicolored metallic background Unframed: 132 x 36 inches *painting is unframed* H...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Silver Totem Ascension" Metallic Multicolored Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Silver Totem Ascension" Multicolored Metallic Bunnies Black outlined bunnies on a silver metallic and rainbow background Unframed: 50 x 60 inches *Painting is unframe...
Category

2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Ruspoli Rabbits Totem" Multicolored Metallic Rainbow Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Ruspoli Rabbits Totem" Multicolored Metallic Rainbow Bunnies Black outlined bunnies on a rainbow multicolored metallic background in an antique frame Unframed: 34 x 24....
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

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Wood, Oil

Hunt Slonem "4 Play Again" Totem Series Multicolored Metallic Rainbow Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "4 Play Again" Totem Series Multicolored Metallic Rainbow Bunnies Black outlined bunnies on a rainbow multicolored metallic background with an ornate frame Unframed: 27....
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Wood, Oil

Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on canvas Unframed Dimensions: 20 x 16" Signature: Signed by Artist on Verso Edition: Unique
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 22 in. W 18 in. D 1.5 in.
Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Miami Beach, FL
oil on canvas
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Totem
H 72 in. W 84 in.
Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 41.5" x 33" Framed Dimensions: 45" x 36.5" Signature: Signed by Artist ...
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2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 45 in. W 36.5 in. D 2 in.
Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Miami Beach, FL
oil on canvas
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Totem
H 40 in. W 30 in.
Totem 4
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Miami Beach, FL
oil on canvas
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Totem 4
H 48 in. W 48 in.
Tondo Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Tondo Series: Butterflies Date: 2021 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 23.5 x 20" Framed Dimensions: 29" x 25" Signature: Signed by ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Butterfly Totem
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Butterfly Totem Series: Butterflies Date: 2021 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 27.5 x 22.5" Framed Dimensions: 35.5" x 31.5" Signature: ...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Totem Tango
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Tango Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 34" x 41.5" Framed Dimensions: 38.5" x 48.5" Signature: Signed by...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 38.5 in. W 48.5 in. D 2 in.
Hunt Slonem "Totem Aspen" Silver & Rainbow Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Aspen" Silver Metallic and Rainbow Bunnies Black gestured bunnies on a rainbow and silver metallic background Unframed: 72 x 84 inches *Painting is unframed* ...
Category

2010s Neo-Expressionist Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Hunt Slonem "Totem Today (FaceTime)" Rainbow Metallic Bunnies
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Houston, TX
Hunt Slonem "Totem Today (FaceTime)" Rainbow Metallic Bunnies Outlined bunnies on a multicolored metallic "totem" background Unframed: 72.5 x 84.5 inches *Painting is unframed* ...
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2010s Neo-Expressionist Animal Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

TOTEM Y
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Tulsa, OK
Hunt Slonem TOTEM Y oil on wood 31.00 X 26.00 in $18,100.00
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2010s Contemporary Animal Paintings

Materials

Oil, Acrylic

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H 31 in. W 26 in.
Totem Tribute 2
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Tribute 2 Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 30.5" x 24.25" Framed Dimensions: 31.25" x 25" Signature: Sig...
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2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 31.25 in. W 25 in. D 1 in.
Totem Tacoma
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Tacoma Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on wood Unframed Dimensions: 33.5" x 25.75" Signature: Signed Edition: Unique
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

Totem Tacoma
H 33.5 in. W 25.75 in.
Totem Tribute
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Totem Tribute Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on panel Unframed Dimensions: 30" x 24" Framed Dimensions: 39" x 32" Signature: Signed Editio...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil

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H 39 in. W 32 in. D 1.5 in.
Rainbow Metallic Bunnies (Totem 2)
By Hunt Slonem
Located in Boston, MA
Artist: Slonem, Hunt Title: Rainbow Metallic Bunnies (Totem 2) Series: Bunnies Date: 2020 Medium: Oil on canvas Unframed Dimensions: 48" x 48" Signature: Signed by Artist on V...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Oil