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Hunt Slonem (American, b.1951)
LOT ID: 72981
Untitled, 1989

Oil, on Canvas
26 х 18 in. (66.04 x 45.72 cm.)
Signed, dated, and dedicated, verso.
Lot description
This exquisitely rendered oil on canvas by Hunt Slonem captures the artist's love of vivid color and scenes of wildlife. Here, the artist portrays a group of birds caged behind mesh wire, abstracting his naturalistic subjects with the stark criss-crossing lines throughout the composition. The bright blues, offset by strong light/dark contrasts, further add to the stunning visual quality of the work and exemplifies Slonem's artistic approach to painting.

Hunt Slonem’s work combines abstract expressionism with representational imagery in vibrant ranges of exotic colors. He creates idiosyncratic portrayals of exotic birds and other creatures, most often utilizing a white textured background to support quickly-applied brush strokes reminiscent of the visual poetry of the abstract expressionism. The artist's immediately recognizable style uses characteristically gestural strokes, laid down with speed and precision. His experiences in Hawaii and Nicaragua emanate through the canvas, as one is met with an eruption of color and alluring exotic imagery. He is collected by over 75 international museums and is currently represented by Marlborough Gallery in New York.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
National Gallery, Washington, DC
Bahrain National Museum, UAE
Untitled by Hunt Slonem
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  • Untitled by Hunt Slonem
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