Hunt Slonem, American (1951 - )

Called a Neo-Expressionist, Hunt Slonem inserts realism into his Abstract Expressionism. He combines Abstract Expressionist techniques with mysticism and animal subjects of Islam and Mexico and is best known for his paintings of tropical birds, based on a personal aviary in which he keeps about 100 live birds of various species.

Born in Kittery Maine, he spent his childhood in various states including California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Virginia and Washington because his father was in the Navy. During college, he lived in Mexico and Nicaragua, and these cultures much influenced his art. He studied art at Vanderbilt and Tulane and spent a summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1972, he moved to New York and started using Nicaraguan holy cards as subject matter for paintings, and he has continued to do paintings of Saints. In the 1980s, after three trips to India, his work became more formal and complex in composition. He started using hatch marks in 1988. He builds patterns of repeat images of the bird subject and paints them in recognizable settings such as cages. He also paints the human figure, some of them based on photos of Valentino. His work came on the avant-garde art scene when he moved to New York. There he did some huge, panoramic murals including an 85-foot long frieze for the Bryant Park Grill. His focus is on the act of painting, and he does not strive to convey a narrative message. He paints quickly, and often his colors are jarring; he is fascinated by the manipulation of paint. He usually begins by filling in a canvas with one color, then blocks in other hues, adds the animals or figures, and then the hatched scratch marks.

Born: July 18, 1951 Kittery, ME
Tulane University, New Orleans, Bachelor of Arts, 1973
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,1972

EDUCATION
1973 Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, New Orleans
1972 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008

Manors of Elegance and Birds of Paradise, Jean Albano Gallery
DTR Modern Galleries, Boston, MA
Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

2007-8

Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2006 Monarchs & Other Royal Subjects, Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Body & Soul, Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2005

Chiaroscuro, Santa Fe, NM
Evansville Museum of Art History & Science
Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2004

Birds, Butterflies, Beings, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Malborough Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Harmon Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
Louisiana Museum of Art & Sciences, Baton Rouge, LA

2003

Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Handsel Gallery, Sante Fe, NM
Alva Gallery, New London, CT
Ten High Street, Camden, ME

2002 Robert McClain Gallery, Houston, TX
Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, OH
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Vanier Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Robert McClain Gallery, Houston TX
Harman-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Mariella Gonzalez Lerena Galeria de Arte, Punta del Este, Uraguay
Marlborough, Anguilla
Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2000 Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Marlborough Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Vanier Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
Harman Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Hudson River Museum, New York, NY
Harman-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Vanier Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1998 Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Robert McClain Gallery, Houston TX
Marcel Sitcoske Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Magidson Gallery, Aspen, CO
Heriard-Cimino Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Robert Thomas Gallery, Orlando, FL
1997 Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Pulitzer Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Harman-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Magidson Fine Art, New York, NY
1996 Art in General, New York, NY (installation)
Robert McClain & Co., Houston, TX
Images Gallery, Toledo, OH
Pulitzer Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Still- Zinsel Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Alezander Brest Museum, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Vered Gallery, East Hampton ,NY
Stubbs Book & Co., New York, NY
KNA Studio, Nantes, France
1995 Lannon Gallery, New York, NY
Galeria Greca, Barcelona, Spain
Galeria Ynguanzo, Madrid, Spain
La Galerie, Marassa, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Hall-Barnett Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Michalski Gallery, Manila, Cebu, Philipines
Musee d’Arte Haitien, Port-au-prince, Haiti
1994 Robert McClain & Co., Houston, TX
Zoologish Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
Pulitzer Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Galeria Ynguanzo, Madrid, Spain
Fine Arts Gallery, Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1993 Galeri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden
Kuntschalter, Cologne, Germany
Lili Belle Foundation, Mentecito, CA
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA
William King Art Center, Abington, VA
Helander Gallery, New York, NY
Mira Mar Gallery, Sarasota, FL
La Galerie Gustavia, St. Bart, West Idies
1992 Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke, VA
University of Maine at Machias Galleries, Machias, ME
Helander Gallery, New York, NW
Morgan Gallery, Kansas City,MO
La Galerie Gustavia, St. Bart, West Indies
Antoine Laurentin Gallery, Paris, France
KEIO, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
The Time is Always Now, Hong Kong
Marta Hewitt Gallery, Cincinatti, OH
Greater Visions Gallery, Nashville, TN
Images Gallery, Toledo, OH
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1991 Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam, Holland
Pulitzer Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Galerie de Nieuwe Buiten Societert, Zwolle, Amsterdam, Holland
Academy of the Arts, Easton, MD
Charlotte Milburn Fine Art, Oslo, Norway
Vered Gallery, East Hampton, NY
1990 Harcourts Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ
Helander Gallery, New York, NY
Galerie Eewal, Leewarden, Holland
Ben Shahn Galleries, William Patterson College, Wayne, NJ
Rosendale Tradgard, Stockholm, Sweden


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004-5

“Painting the Town Red,” Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL    

2004

"Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary,” A Traveling Exhibition
“IV Centuries of Birds in Paintings, Sculptures & Fine Prints,” Clarke Galleries, Stowe, VT, Palm Beach, FL and New York, NY
“Selections from the Permanent Collection,” Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

2003 “Inaugural Exhibition,” Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
“Art in the Chambers,” Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, Orlando, FL
“The Bold 1980s: A Collector's Vision,” Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA and Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
“January White Sale”, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
“Where Fashion Meets Art”, Givenchy, New York, NY
“Louis Cane, Isreal Hershberg, Hunt Slonem” Marlborough Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco
“Contemporary Art from the Tennessee State Collection,” Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
“Selections from the Collection,” Von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
2002 “A Public Trust: Recent Acquisitions at the Museum of Art,” The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
Smith Anderson Editions Gallery, Stewart & Stewart, Palo Alto, CA
“Contemporary Visions of Nature”, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
2001 “XXXV Prix International D'Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo”, Salle des Arts, Monte-Carlo
“Best of Tennessee”, Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Myers School of Art, University of Akron, Akron, OH
“Reflections”, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Marlborough Gallery, Monaco
Robert McClain Gallery, New York, NY
Kurt Lidke Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1999 “Calm and Commotion: Abstract Art from the Permanent Collection”, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
“Radiant Children: Art of the East Village- 1980's”, Lamia Ink, New York, NY
“A Legacy Preserved: The First Decade of Collecting Art at the Michner Art Museum,” James A. Michner Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
“Arco,” Marlborough Gallery, Spain
1998 National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (recent acquistions, contemporary prints)
Marlborough Gallery, Summer Show, New York, NY
MB Modern, New York, NY
"New Works," Heriad Cimino, New Orleans, LA
"Earthly Delights ," Anita Shapolski, New York, NY
"Geoffrey Young Gallery (‘For the Birds), Great Barrington, MA
1997 "Americans in Italy, Italians in America," Teatro de gli Artisti, Rome, Italy
"Modern Myth 1997," 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
"Recent Acquistions," Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA
1996 "Small Works," Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
W.E.A., "Ties," Milano, Italy
Asian Arts Festival, Feather Installation, Z Gallery, New York, NY
Gotlands Konst Museum, Gotlands, Sweden
"Anima Mundi," Graham Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
"Energism II," Jane Thurn Gallery, New York, NY
"Rediscovering Landscape of the Americas," Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Gibbs Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Western Gallery, Western Washington University
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY
Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
1995 "On Heavenly Wings: Birds: Aspirations," University of Hawaii, Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI
"The Golden and the Baroque in Contemporary Art", Robert McClain and Co., Houston, TX
"Recent Acquisitions", Colby Museum, Waterville, ME
"Summer Group", Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, MO
"Group Show", Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
1994 Palm Beach Museum, Palm Beach, FL
"No Dogs Allowed", Gallery 28, Boston, MA
"Tennessee 12", Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
"Hunt Slonem, Giane Versace, Thiery Mugler", Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY
"The Seer", O’Hara Gallery, New York, NY
‘A Special Salute to Merce Cunningham", Cartier, New York, NY
1993 "S.A.F.E. Portfolio", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hokikodden, Norway
"Art, Money, Myth", Palm Beach Commuity Museum, Palm Beach, FL
"Imagine: Art and Environment", National Art Club, New York, NY
"Animal Magnetism:, Gallery Three Zero, New York, NY
"Exquisite Corpse", Drawing Center, New York, NY
"Lust", Marguerite Oestricher Gallery, New Orleans, LA
"Animals", "POWARS", Helander Gallery, New York, NY
1992 "Freedom of Expression ‘92", Metro Pictures, New York, NY
"Bruce Helander, Martin Mull, Hunt Slonem", Sailor Gallery, Margate, NJ
"Works on Paper", Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
"S.A.F.E. Portfolio", Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
"S.A.F.E. Portfolio", Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
1991 "Marcel Duchamp’s Mother Potato Masher and otehr works of art", Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
"Ornithological Structures, Implict/Explicit, Chex L’Oiseau", ASPACE, New York, NY
"Heaven", Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY
"Recent Acquisitions of Permanent Installation", Roanoke Museum of Fine Art, Roanoke, VA
"Expressive Drawings, Eurpoean & American Art Through the 20th Century", The New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
1990 ‘Feathers, Fur and Fin", Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX
"Two Person Show", Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ
"Field & Forest- American Landscape", Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX


SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
Academy of the Arts, Easton, MD
Art Museum of West Virginia, Roanoke, VA
Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL
Bates College Museum of Arts, Olin Art Center, Lewiston, MD
Bergen Museum of Arts and Science, Hackensack, NJ
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Bowdoin Museum of Art, Mrunswick, MA
Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Colegio de Architecto, Quito, Ecuador
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
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
Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY
Farnsworth Library & Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Florida International University Art Museum, Miami, FL
Henie-Onstad Kuntsenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
Jacksonville University Museum, Alexander Brest Gallery, Jacksonville, FL
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design of Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Le Musee d'Art Haitian, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Phillipines
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miro Foundation, Spain
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MI
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Gallery, Washington, DC
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
New York University, Grey Art Gallery, New York, NY
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Ogdon Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Pulitzer Collection, Amsterdam, Holland
Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
St. Mary's College, Saint Mary, MD
St. Petersburg of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL
Sidney Museum, Port Orchard, WA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Tennesse State Museum, Nashville, TN
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Michigan, Art Museum Project, Dearborn, MI
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wurth Museum, Kunzlesau, Germany

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
Artbank Program, US Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, NY
Citibank, N.A.
Continental Airlines
Forbes, New York, NY
Goldman Sachs Co, NY
Hilton, Guam
Human Systems Technology, Baltimore, MD
IBM Corporation
Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, FL
L'Ermitage Hotel, Hollywood, CA
Marriot Corporation
NY American Telephone and Telegraph
Nieman-Marcus, Dallas, TX
Paine Weber, Inc. Lincoln Harbour, NJ
Port Authority, One World Trade Center (Mural), New York, NY
Primavera Systems, Cynwyd, PA
Princess Cruise Lines
Readers Digest Inc., Pleasantville, NY
Sanco General Corporation
Silvestri Coprporation, Chicago, IL
Sonestra Corporation, Boston, MA
Takashima Corporation, HI
Tucker Anthony Inc., New York, NY
United States Despartment of State, Washington, D.C.
Zale Corporation, Dallas, TX

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
1991
National Endowment for the Arts
1986, 1984, 1983
MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
1983
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL
1982
Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
1978
Cultural Coucil Foundation Arts Project, NY
1976
Elizabeth T. Greensheilds Foundation, Grant for Painting, Montreal, Canada


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