Polk Museum of Art will showcase paintings by New York- and Louisiana-based artist Hunt Slonem in an exhibition titled “An Expressive Nature.” The exhibition runs Dec. 17 through March 24.
Contemporary works by Slonem are sought after by collectors from around the world. His vibrantly colored works can be found in nearly 100 international museum collections and countless other corporate and private collections. Slonem’s expressive paintings pivot between the fantastic and the natural. As a youth in Hawaii, he developed an early affinity for nature, especially the various species of tropical birds living on the island. These natural forms ultimately became the subjects for his artworks, appearing in large, lavishly colored paintings and constructed sculptures.
As an artist, Slonem is fascinated by the many expressive faculties of color. His paintings are layered with thick brushstrokes of vivid color, often cut into a cross-hatched pattern that adds texture to the overall surface of the painting. This surface patterning combines with the rich colors and recognizable subject matter to create paintings that are as physically exciting as they are aesthetically rich.
The exhibition will be celebrated at a reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at the Museum. Slonem will lecture about his work beginning at 6 p.m., and a reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar begins at 7 p.m. The event is free for members and $10 for guests.