the lightness of being
October 3rd – 31st
World-renowned American Artist Hunt Slonem is proud to present his latest exhibition, “the lightness of being.” His works will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Russell Collection Galleries in Austin and Lakeway, Texas. The show begins October 3rd and runs through October 31st, 2017 with special, in-gallery appearances by Slonem. He will be at the Lakeway Gallery Friday October 6th and Russell Collection Fine Art in Austin, Saturday October 7th.
Considered one of the great colorist of his time, Hunt Slonem brings a freewheeling since of awe and wonder to his wild array of painting and sculptures. Slonem has had more than 300 one man shows in galleries and museums, as well as permanent collections in museums such as the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and many other noteworthy national and international museums. His work is part of private collections all over the world, including those of Jennifer Lopez, Sharon Stone, Brooke Sheilds, Kate Hudson and Julianne Moore.
Slonem has been an active participant in the Art in Embassies Program sponsored by the United States Department of State, alongside other American artists including Jim Dine, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, and Jeff Koons. His paintings have been exhibited globally, revealing “the rich history and cultural heritage of the United States and the experiences that we share with peoples of different countries, backgrounds and faiths. Every exhibition reminds us of the diversity of mankind and the values that bind us together.
Slonem likes to say “repetition is very important” and it is a fundamental part of his process. He starts each day painting and treating each moment as meditation and a channeling of God or a higher consciousness. Part of this morning warmup ritual includes his famous bunny paintings, inspired by a late night revelation at a Chinese restaurant, that he was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Slonem blends his art and a passion for collecting, as evidenced by his use of victorian-era frames from all over the country to exhibit the paintings on his famous Bunny Wall.
A lifelong spiritual sojourner, Slonem’s quests for soul freedom and the dispensing of fear resulted in his early paintings of Catholic and Hindu saints surrounding animals. He has used his artwork to raise money for numerous charities (including cancer research) and wallpaper created in conjunction with the Lee Joffa product line has been installed in the Ronald McDonald House.
Slonem combines his passions for the spiritual and historical in his sessions with a medium. During one of which he felt the spirit of Abraham Lincoln – who regularly consulted with mediums himself – who told him to paint doves for a series of works. Slonem dubbed this “Abraham’s Peace Plan.” Another recurring theme in the artist’s pictorial work is portrait painting, and of the 16th President in particular. Slonem has said that his portraits of Lincoln feel personal, and in surprising ways, he’s close to the long-deceased. The Maine born creative force of nature is well known for his neo-expressionist works of butterflies, rabbits and tropical birds, the latter often inspired by the 30 to 100 exotic feathered friends he houses at any given time in an aviary in his 30,000 square foot Manhattan studio.