Archive for April, 2015

Hunt Slonem : New Species


‘New Species’ is a solo exhibition by acclaimed American abstract painter Hunt Slonem who is best known for his paintings of tropical birds and butterflies, inspired by his personal aviary in which he keeps more than one hundred live birds of various species. His work depicts a reverence for exotic life forms, birds, butterflies and flowers.  Once a painting has been completed with visual stories and compositional balancing acts, he inscribes the surface with a furiously cross-hatched mesh of lines, cutting through the rich oil to give an abstract, painterly and tactile effect with an implied impression of spatial depth. His jarring color choices, spontaneous mark making and scratched hatch marks are the result of his ongoing fascination with the manipulation and implementation of paint.

This exhibition is in collaboration with Cuadro Gallery, Dubai.

About Hunt Slonem:

Hunt Slonem was born in Maine in 1951. He received his BA from Tulane University in Louisiana and then studied painting at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. His obsessive rendering of his subjects reflects his desire to explore issues of spatial complexity, compression and density in what acclaimed curator Henry Geldzahler deemed, “a consistent investigation of post-cubist abstraction” (1993). Since 1977, Slonem has soloed in over 250 exhibitions at prestigious galleries. His work is exhibited globally and is held in the collections of over 70 international museums. Slonem currently lives and works in New York City.

About Cuadro Gallery:

Founded in 2008, Cuadro Gallery, located in the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), has quickly become one of the UAE’s premier contemporary and modern art venues. Each year, Cuadro assembles a substantial curatorial program in four distinct visual areas of interest: Painting, Paper, Photography, and Sculpture. Each exhibition centers on a significant educational paradigm that is accompanied with lectures, workshops and panel discussions. In addition, Cuadro provides qualified art consultation services for its discerning collectors, offers an international platform for its stable of artists, and administers an extensive Residency Program for a select group of artists. Through these initiatives, Cuadro maintains its commitment to dynamically engage and add value to the local and international art communities.