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Biography

America, b.1951
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Since his first solo show at the Fischbach Gallery in 1977, Slonem’s work has been showcased internationally hundreds of times, most recently at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2017 and 2018, he will be featured by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Gallery in Bulgaria, and in countless galleries across the United States, Germany and Dubai.

His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father’s position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt’s formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style.

After graduating with a degree in painting and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Slonem spent several years in the early 1970s living in Manhattan. It wasn’t until Janet Fish offered him her studio for the summer of 1975 that Slonem was able to fully immerse himself in his work. His pieces began getting exhibited around New York, propelling his reputation and thrusting him into the city’s explosive contemporary arts scene. He received several prestigious grants, including from Montreal’s Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Counsel Foundation’s Artist Project, for which he painted an 80-foot mural of the World Trade Center in the late 1970s. He also received an introduction to the Marlborough Gallery, which would represent him for 18 years.

As Slonem honed his aesthetic, his work began appearing in unique, contextual spaces. By 1995 he finished a massive six-by-86-foot mural of birds, which shoots across the walls of the Bryant Park Grill Restaurant in New York City. His charity work has resulted dozens of partnerships, including a wallpaper of his famous bunnies designed specifically with Lee Jofa for the Ronald McDonald House in Long Island.

Slonem continues to draw great inspiration from history, forging palpable connections to the past through his art. His popular portraits of Abraham Lincoln reframe the historic figure as a pop-art icon, and he is currently working on a nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture of French explorer Robert De La Salle, to be displayed publicly in Louisiana.

Yet Slonem’s most ambitious project has been his mission to save America’s often forgotten historic buildings. Realizing too many of the country’s architectural gems have fallen into disrepair, Slonem has found himself drawn to these national landmarks, inspired by the depth of their age and old-world beauty. Among his accomplishments are the restorations of Cordt’s Mansion in Kingston, New York; the Lakeside and Albania plantations of Louisiana; and the Scranton Armory and Charles Sumner Woolworth’s mansion in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His sixth and latest endeavor is Belle Terre, a storied property in South Kortright, New York.

Numerous books and monographs have chronicled Slonem’s art, including Bunnies (Glitterari Inc., 2014), Birds (Glitterati Inc., 2017) and Hunt Slonem: An Art Rich and Strange (Harry N. Abrams, 2002). His studios and homes have been profiled in such books as When Art Meets Design (Assouline Publishing, 2014) and Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem (powerHouse Books, 2007), among others. His latest will be Gatekeeper (Assouline Publishing), showcasing his reclamation of the Scranton Armory, and its transition “from arms to art.”

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING

2021
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
2019
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
2018
National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan
National Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
Ville de St. Tropez
Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA DTR Charlotte
DTR Palm Beach
DTR Boston

2017

The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia Contemporary Art Museum, Krasnoyarsk, Russia Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Galerie Von Stechow – Frankfurt, Germany
Rosenbaum Contemporary Art, Boca Raton and Miami, FL Galerie Sono, Norwalk CT
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Gallery 21, Bahrain
Martine Chaisson Gallery, Opening/ Book Signing
DTR Modern Gallery, Boston, MA
Rarity Gallery, Mykonos Greece
Tew Galleries, Atlanta, GA
Quidley & Co, Nantucket, MA
Coats Wright Art and Design, Carmel, Indiana
Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Madison Galleries, LaJolla, CA
Budapest Museum of Fine Arts
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
McHugh Gallery, Aspen, CO
The Ware Family Art Gallery of West Virginia University Russell Collection, Austin, Texas
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
VW Contemporary Art, Greenwich, CT
Madison Galleries, LaJolla, CA
New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Space SBH, Carré D’Or, Gustavia, St Barthélemy

2016

Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, TX
Jassica Hagen Fine Art & Design, Newport, RI
McHugh Gallery, Aspen, CO
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, TN
Shaw Center of the Arts, LSU, Batob Rouge, LA
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Gremillion Fine Art, Houston, TX
Space SPH, St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe
Harmon – Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Cuadro Fine Art, Dubai, UAE
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015

Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russian Academy of the Arts, Moscow, Russia
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Canada
Vogelsang Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Turkey International Art Fair, Vogelsang Gallery, Istanbul, TK
SOFA Art Fair, Hawk Galley, Chicago, IL
TEW Galleries, Atlanta, GA
Gremillion Fine Art, Houston, TX
Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, ON
Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Coats-Wright Gallery, Carmel, IN
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
Galerie Sono, South Norwalk, CT
Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
The Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait
Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation – Gallery at Center of Creative Education, West Palm Beach, FL
Art Miami, Dean Project, Miami FL

2014

Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, QC
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Deland Museum of Art, Deland, FLA
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Flint Museum of Art, Flint, MI
Louisiana Arts & Sciences Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Miller Gallery, Cincinati, OH
Gremillion Fine Art, Houston, TX
Galerie Sono, Norwalk, CT
McHugh Gallery, Aspen, CO
Quidley & Co., Nantucket, MA
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
DTR Modern Gallery, Boston, MA
DTR Modern Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Galerie Von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany
Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2013

“Birds and Bayous: Paintings by Hunt Slonem,” The Gallery at the Manship Theatre, Baton Rouge, LA
Galerie von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany
Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Serge Sorokko Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Luis Noboa Museum (Noboa Naranjo Museum), Ecuador
Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal, Quebec
Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
DTR Modern, London, England, UK
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Imago Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL

2012

Mabeyn Gallery at the Chamberlain House, Besiktas, Istanbul
Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Miami Art Fair (Dean Project), Miami, FL
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Gremillion & Co., Houston, TX
Galeria Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
McHugh Gallery, Aspen, CO
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
DTR Modern, Washington, DC
New Gallery of Modern Art Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Ohio

2011

Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL (through March 2012)
Alexandria Museum, Alexandria, LA
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO
New Gallery of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
Couture Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden

2010

Museo de Arte de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
12 Gallagher Lane, San Francisco, CA
Gebert Gallery, Venice, CA
Coral Springs Museum, Coral Springs, FL
Galerie de Bellefeuille, Montreal Quebec
DTR Modern, Boston, MA
Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL
Museum Gallery of Modern Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, LA
Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport, LA
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
DTR Modern, Palm Beach, FL
City of Varna Art Museum, Varna, Bulgaria
ARC Fine Art, Fairfield, CT
Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples, FL

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
The Art Bank, US Department of State, Washington, DC
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain, UAE
Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL
Bates College Museum of Arts, Lewiston, ME
Belger Art Center, Kansas City, MO
Bergen Museum of Art & Science, Hackensack, NJ
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Bradbury Gallery, Fowler Center, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
Brenau University, Gainesville, GA
Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL
Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
Children’s Museum of Naples, Naples, FL
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
City Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME
Colegio de Architectos del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, FL
Samuel Cupples House & McNamee Gallery, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO
Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN
Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, 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
Isaac Delgado Gallery, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA
Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Detroit, MI
Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science, Evansville, IN
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Farnsworth Library & Art Museum, Rockland, ME
Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guilin Art Museum, Guilin, Guangxi, China
Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden, Norway
Hofstra University Museum, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
J. Patrick Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL
Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana State Archives, Baton Rouge, LA
Louisiana Governor’s Mansion, Baton Rouge, LA
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila, Philippines
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami-Dade Community College South Campus, Miami, FL
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Musée d’Art Haïtien, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Museo de Arte de el Salvador (MARTE), San Salvador, El Salvador
Museum of Art, Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Gallery of Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
New Museum, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
Northfield Mount Hermon School, Mount Hermon, MA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
Olin Gallery, Roanoke College, Salem, VA
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
Port Authority, One World Trade Center (Mural), New York, NY (destroyed on 9/11/2001)
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME
Pulitzer Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Saint Mary’s City, MD
Salt Queen Foundation, Water Mill, NY
Samford University, Birmingham, AL
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, Port Orchard, WA
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, CT
Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, GA
Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN
Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block, Tucson, AZ
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
University of Arizona, Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
University of Maine at Machias Art Galleries, Machias, ME
University of Michigan, Art Museum Project, Dearborn, MI
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
The Wolfsonian—Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL

CORPORATE & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
American Telephone & Telegraph (195 Broadway), New York, NY
ARK Restaurant Corporation, New York, NY
Best Products, Richmond, VA
Bestype Office Environments, a subsidiary of American Banaco, Paris, France
Bryant Park Grill New York, NY
BVLGARI, New York, NY
Children’s Hospital, New Orleans, LA
Ciano Restaurant, New York, NY
Citibank, N.A.
Clifford Russell, Inc., New York, NY
Continental Airlines
E.I. du Pont De Nemours & Company, Buffalo, NY
Forbes, New York, NY
Forgman Co., Louisville, KY
Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger & Vecchione, Newark, NJ
Goldman Sachs & Co., New York, NY
The Hamilton Restaurant, Washington, DC
Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
HRH Headquarters, Washington, DC
Human Systems Technology, Columbia, MD
IBM Corporation
Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, FL
Ivy Restaurant, Emirates Towers Dubai, UAE
Jewish Home & Hospital for Aged, New York, NY
JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY
Kyocera Mita Corporation, Fairfield, NJ
L’Ermitage Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA
Loews New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., New York, NY
Marriott Corporation
Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, Conshohocken, PA
Joan Miró Foundation, Spain
Neiman Marcus, Dallas, TX
Pierce, Atwood, Scribner, Allen, Smith, & Lancaster, Portland, ME
Primavera Systems, Inc., Bala Cynwyd, PA
Princess Cruise Lines
Readers Digest Association, Inc., Pleasantville, NY
Relume Technologies, Oxford, MI
Roger H. Ogden Company, New Orleans, LA
St. Agatha Home for Children, Nanuet, NY
Sanco General Corporation
Silvestri Corporation, Chicago, IL
Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett, New York, NY
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Boston, MA
Takashimaya Corporation, HI
TRW Corporation, Lyndhurst, OH
Tucker Anthony, Inc., New York, NY
UBS Paine Webber, Inc., Weehawken, NJ
U.M.K.C. John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation, Kansas City, MO
Zale Corporation, Irving, TX

AWARDS

2009

Stars of Design, Award in Art, New York, NY

2007

ARTrageous Children’s Expressions Project

1986

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
National Endowment for the Arts

1984

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH

1983

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH
Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

1982

Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
Rotary International Exchange Student, Managua, Nicaragua
Elizabeth T. Greenshields Foundation, Grant for Painting, Montreal, Canada
Cultural Council Foundation Arts Project, NY