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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Slotin Folk Art, Buford, Georgia, November 10, 2012, lot 197
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Hunt Slonem

    American • 1951

    Brooklyn-based artist Hunt Slonem grounds his work in the act of painting. Having spent a lot of time in various parts of the world—including Hawaii, California, Louisiana and, most importantly, Nicaragua—because of his father's job as navy officer, Slonem uses the sunny landscapes of his various homes to bring tropical hues into his work. He is most famous for his meshy representations of tropical birds, but overall, Slonem takes wildlife as focal subject and features the same animal countless time within a single large-scale oil painting.

    It's the repetition in Slonem's work that makes his paintings so imposing. As the years progress, Slonem's depictions of nature do too. In the past, his paintings featured wild animals but, since the turn of the century, Slonem has started to explore notions of domestication, encaging his animals within nature much like humans are encaged within society. Other popular motifs that Slonem has painted in repetition include bunnies, butterflies and flowers.

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signed, titled and dated "Hunt Slonem 1986 Hornbills" on the reverse
oil on canvas
37 x 37 in. (94 x 94 cm.)
Painted in 1986.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $8,125

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New York Auction 28 February 2017