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Tales of Paradise / Recent Paintings by Hunt Slonem

September 6 – October 11

In this exhibition of small to large canvases, Slonem evokes the paradisiacal with works that are filled with birds, rabbits, butterflies and flowers. These are masterful paintings executed with bold, colorful strokes and evocative images that cast illusions to the subjects’ setting without defining them.

At times, as in Pink Rabbits and Yellow Rabbits, the forms themselves are also only suggestions which are established by broad brushstrokes on brightly colored backgrounds. At others, as in Red Butterflies, they are wondrously presented behind a chiaroscuro of gold crosshatching. Nature abounds in this work as it does in Slonem’s life. His studio is filled with plants and birds in cages and a massive collection of colored glass vases that spread over every available surface. Slonem describes his work as being about “everything from the spiritual to the mystical to the movement of birds and butterflies. And the wonderful aspect of nature that’s so unexpected and magnificent.”

The iridescence of the work stands in sharp contrast to the environment in Slonem’s home state of Maine. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1972 and graduated from Tulane University in 1973. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad and his work is found in many important public and private collections and museums. Slonem is represented by the Marlborough Gallery in New York City.

 

Rabbits & Butterflies, 2003, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Finches, 2003, Oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

 

Tocos, 2003, Oil on canvas, 40″x30″

 

Untitled Flowers, 2003, Oil on canvas, 40″x30″

 

Red Catalayas, 2002, Oil on board, 10”x12”

Yellow Rabbits, 2003, Oil on canvas, 30”x40”

 

Green Singers, 1997, Oil on masonite, Oval 20”x16”

 

Viceroy, 2001, Oil on canvas, 10” x 8”