On view August 23 – September 23rd
Book Signing August 23, 6-9 p.m.
Madison Gallery is pleased to present “Bunnies” an exhibition and book signing by internationally recognized American painter, Hunt Slonem. This will proudly be the 2nd solo exhibition for Slonem’s painting ; a new body work from 2014 will be revealed.
Exciting, unexpected, realistic, impressionistic, abstract – the bunny paintings of celebrated artist Hunt Slonem have something for everyone. Every morning Slonem awake and performs what he calls his “daily warm-ups.” Within the course of half-an-hour, the artist paints rabbits on a series of small rectangular panels made of wood and Masonite, each work a post-expressionist narrative gesture of the artist in his element. John Berendy describes the process as. “…the artistic equivalent of calisthenics in which he flexes his painting apparatus to establish control over the colors, shapes and textures that flow from his mind’s eye through his arm, hand, and brush on the painted surface.”
Slonem’s paintings as a collection appear here for the first time in Bunnies, a treasury of enchanting paintings that are at once pop culture and fine art, in four-color and black-and-white. As Bruce Helander writes in the introduction to the book, “Perhaps it was the rabbits that inhabited his childhood yard in Kittery, Maine that made an indelible impression on the artist and now manifests itself in his illustrious career…The use of a bunny as a subject has a distinct and delightful charm of its own. Slonem takes a cue from a bunny’s soft and independent character, usually one at a time in a portrait that convincingly accommodates tall, unruly ears and some long whiskers to boot. His are a line-up of fuzzy likenesses that are created quickly and forcefully with a clear sense of compassion and precision even thought they are purposely abstract.”
Bunnies is a unique compendium of paintings by a fine artist with a worldwide reputation that provide a remarkable ode to one of Nature’s more beloved and mythical creatures, ready to bring good fortune to every lucky viewer.
Hunt Slonem is the internationally recognized American painter. His work has been exhibited in more than 350 galleries and museums worldwide, and is represented in over 100 museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim and The Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City. He exhibits regularly at both public and private venues around the world, and has received numerous honors and awards, including a MacDowell Fellowship and National Endowment for the Arts grant. He lives in New York City and Louisiana, where he has notably restored two important plantations to their original states.