Wonderland: Hunt Slonem
Location: Laura Rathe Fine Art
Dallas Design District gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art, announces a solo exhibition with world-renowned artist, Hunt Slonem. LRFA will be hosting the Dallas reception on Saturday, September 7th from 5-8pm with an Artist Talk at 6:45pm. Wonderland will feature Slonem’s recentpaintings of his infamous bunnies, butterflies and birds. LRFA will also be introducing his newest “Bayou” series, paintings of southern waterscapes, as well as sculptural renditions of his iconic bunnies.
Slonem’s vibrant personality is not only apparent in his art, but in every aspect of his life. Wonderlandis a celebration of his colorful world and interest in all things exotic. His studio is filled with the antique furniture that he hand-selects from around the world, the squawks and sounds of his adopted birds (over 60 of them), and colorfully painted walls that serve as a backdrop for his iconic paintings. As a collector and restorer of historical homes, it is his passion to bring life back to estates that have been long forgotten over the years. He fills them with the art and antiques that bring joy to his own life.
These extraordinary paintings serve as a portal into the world of Hunt Slonem. The meditative qualities in Slonem’s work mimic his light-hearted and spiritual nature and through the use of his vivid colors and whimsical iconography, Slonem creates his very own Wonderland.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Kittery, Maine, in 1951, New York-based artist Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker,well-known for his Neo-Expressionist works featuring butterflies, rabbits, and tropical birds. Considered one of the great colorists of his time, Slonem’s gestural and extraordinarily vibrant portraits of wildlife immortalize and celebrate each species while honoring the exuberance and diversity of life itself.
Slonem is also an accomplished designer, decorator, and restorer of homes. Championed as works of art in their own right, these spaces include not only the artist’s East Village loft and his 30,0000 square-foot Brooklyn studio, but also the two plantation houses he’s restored in Louisiana and Cordts Mansion located in the Hudson River Valley. Slonem’s work on these transcendent and colorful spaces has been featured in House Beautiful,Architectural Digest, and The New York Times.
Slonem studied painting at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University. His work has been the focus of over 300 solo exhibitions worldwide and is held in the collections of more than 100 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.