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Hunt Slonem, “Bunnies, Birds & Butterflies.”
Opens October 23rd, 2015 6.00 – 9.00 p.m.: On view through November 30, 2015
TEW Galleries is pleased to announce “Bunnies, Birds and Butterflies”, an exhibition of whimsical and awe inspiring paintings by New York based artist and lifestyle trendsetter Hunt Slonem. Slonem is considered one of the great colorists of his time, color that he carries into his vibrant dress and the decoration of his historic homes.
Slonem has had over 300 one-man shows in galleries and museums internationally, and has work in the permanent collections of 250 museums including the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum. In 2014 Slonem participated in 36 exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. He is well known for his neo-expressionist works of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds, the latter often inspired by the exotic feathered friends he houses in an aviary in his New York studio. His love for animals has led to signature motifs like his bunny paintings, which will be exhibited in Victorian-era portrait frames picked up from his travels across the country.
“Unlike a lot of contemporary art which is political or shocking or jarring, mine is non-judgmental, like an eternal witness that watches without judging. I’m also exhilarated by nature, including birds, plants and butterfly forms that most people don’t even know exist. I collected all of those things when I was an exchange student in Nicaragua, and caught my first morpho butterfly, which is an exquisite iridescent blue when I was 16. I think my art comes from being born somehow conscious of other realms, which is what the divine is all about. I grew orchids as a child, and have long recognized that orchids and birds come from those places as a gift to humanity.”
Slonem recently launched a textiles collection in partnership with Groundworks for Lee Jofa. His latest book, When Art Meets Design, published by Assouline, has 280 illustrations of his art and also offers a dynamic view into his three fantastically decorated and meticulously restored homes. Hunt Slonem’s 2014 book titled Bunnies, is a luxurious, finely designed and crafted first collection of “bunny art” – an exciting, unexpected, impressionistic mega collection for adults and children alike. While the idea of painting bunnies might initially seem trite, these marvelously quick and spirited works are not so much illustration as the capturing of nature and gesture with a delightful sense of pop-whimsy. The quickly sketched-from-life creatures’ peer from behind antique frames or frolic over fields of minimalist yellow, pink, lavender ̶ and a host of other colors─paint. The effect is like a shot of some joyous potion.
Books about Hunt Slonem:
Bunnies 2014, Hunt Slonem, Glitterati Inc., 271 pages, hard cover. Foreword by John Brendt; Essay by Bruce Helander
The Worlds of Hunt Slonem, Dominique Nahas, Vendome Press. 288 pages, hard cover
Where Art Meets Design, Hunt Slonem, Assouline, 299 pages, hard cover. Introduction by Emily Evans Eerdmans
Hunt Slonem, An Art Rich And Strange, 2012, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publisher. Text by Donald Kuspit. 168 pages, hard cover.
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