Hunt Slonem watercolor"Earth Day",Call on humanity, powerful message from artits
Hunt Slonem watercolor"Earth Day",Call on humanity, powerful message from artits:
"Earth Day" Two Historical Hunt Slonem Watercolors,Two potencial Museum relics.
I will take on the arduous mission of describing this two great artworks which is composed of two watercolors, the reason why I considered an arduous mission is due to the amount of details to be described on this regard with such a limited number of words on this platform to be accomplish while saving some space at the same time in consideration for those who dont know this artist,space that will be necessary to upload some artist biography, origins, developments and achievements through his career.
Let's start, First of all I would like to point out that these two works were created few years before I met the artist(Mr Slonem). therefore all description, analysis, narrative etc. has been based on my own judgment, on all research I had down,and the most relevant!,all those great experiences that I lived through out those days arround the artist,sharing a bunch of experiences.
About title! "Earth day"...Im pretty sure most of us are aware about the meaning of this sense, nevertheless for those who doesn't know about it,here is something quite interesting, for you to read.
Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for Environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org (formerly Earth Day.
Network) including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.
Now why on this specific date? Why on the middle of such a great event taking place all over the globe,where the all world came together and raise they voice for a better place,..... only two entities can answer this questions, one will be the artist himself and the other would be someone who even if he decided to tell you,by then it would be too late for us to find out.
Personally I can very easily identified the artist in to the Environmental campaing, and may be sounds like an exaggeration but Let's stop for a moment and analyze the meaning of this term. A true Environmentalist is a person who understands that our Environment is not separate from the human being; it is, rather, the medium that sustains life and therefore values the interrelationships that exist between living beings and their Environment. In short, he is the person who values nature and performs small or large actions to live in peace with it.
Did you get it yet?
This is the artist in essence,his passion for every living thing is beyond any capable imagination!
My opinion: It could have been seeing as a perfect event to get inspired, therefore, it is very understandable the way he perpetuating it as an artist, in the Slonem way, associate hes image with it, seal it with his credentials and become part of history when it comes to "Earth day"
Note#1: If you notice, both are Self Portraits , The artist himself, wich is not very common on this individual, They both were painted on two pages from BOMB Magazine #41 Fall 1992,on top of.... Two Drawings byJimmy Wright BOMB 41Fall 1992........
( BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMBs foundersNew York City artists and writersdecided to publish dialogues that reflected the way practitioners spoke about their work among themselves.Today, BOMB is a nonprofit, multi-platform publishing house that creates, disseminates, and preserves artist-generated content from interviews to artists essays to new literature. BOMB includes a quarterly print magazine, a daily online publication, and a digital archive of its previously published content from 1981 onward. Annually, BOMB serves 1.5 million online readers44% of whom are under 30 years of agethrough its free and searchable archive and BOMB Daily, a virtual hub where a diverse cohort of artists and writers explore the creative process within a community of their peers and mentors. BOMB's Oral History Project is dedicated to collecting, documenting, and preserving the stories of distinguished visual artists of the African Diaspora.
Note#2: Both pieces are minted with the Artist personal stamp all over the paper,wich included his name and address,this technique was apply around eighty five to a hundred times approximately on each artwork,now this is something extremely rare and very unique by this particular artist,what motivated Mr Slonem to do so??? Here we have some of Jimmy Writes Biography, at least to have an idea or to try to understand why the artist choose to paint himself (especially with all those details involve)on top of this two drawings publicated by BOMB'Magazine back in those days.
Jimmy Wright was born in Union City, Tennessee in 1944. He earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967. After graduating, he received a fellowship enabling him to study art around the world and he traveled to Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa before going on to earn an MFA from Southern Illinois University in 1971. Wrights work has been seen in solo exhibitions at Tavelli Gallery in Aspen , Colorado (1993-94), Midtown Payson Galleries in New York City (1994), DC Moore Gallery in New York City (1997) and Roger Ramsay Gallery in Chicago (1997). He has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country. Jimmy Wright lives in New York City.
Note #3:And if you think that all this sounded very fascinating, well I will tell you that it does not stop there, if you can see in the watercolor that bears his credentials, on the top right there is what I call a DNA stamp, poop of one of his exotic birds...! since the artist's life revolves around them, and some are free flying all over the studio,like members of a big family,just fascinating!
So what do we have in summary? We have two selfportrait watercolor of this pretty famous artist, painted on a published article about another famous artist, with a very revealing message,for the entire planet,a wake up call for society. Elaborated in a very unusual way with applied techniques and accidental causes that you will not see or find in any other artwork by Hunt Slonem, A real museum relic! a magnificents pieces of art.
Any questions are more than welcome.
"Hunt Slonem" Biography:
Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem's works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art Since his first solo show at the Fischbach Gallery in 1977, Slonem's work has been showcased internationally hundreds of times, most recently at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2017 and 2018, he will be featured by the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Gallery in Bulgaria, and in countless galleries across the United States, Germany and Dubai. His flair and admiration for far-flung destinations has been a staple of his life since childhood. Slonem was born in 1951 in Kittery, Maine, and his father's position as a Navy officer meant the family moved often during Hunt's formative years, including extended stays in Hawaii, California and Connecticut. He would continue to seek out travel opportunities throughout his young-adult years, studying abroad in Nicaragua and Mexico; these eye-opening experiences imbued him with an appreciation for tropical landscapes that would influence his unique style. After graduating with a degree in painting and art history from Tulane University in New Orleans, Slonem spent several years in the early 1970s living in Manhattan. It wasn't until Janet Fish offered him her studio for the summer of 1975 that Slonem was able to fully immerse himself in his work. His pieces began getting exhibited around New York, propelling his reputation and thrusting him into the city's explosive contemporary arts scene. He received several prestigious grants, including from Montreal's Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cultural Counsel Foundation's Artist Project, for which he painted an 80-foot mural of the World Trade Center in the late 1970s. He also received an introduction to the Marlborough Gallery, which would represent him for 18 years. As Slonem honed his aesthetic, his work began appearing in unique, contextual spaces. By 1995 he finished a massive six-by-86-foot mural of birds, which shoots across the walls of the Bryant Park Grill Restaurant in New York City. His charity work has resulted dozens of partnerships, including a wallpaper of his famous bunnies designed specifically with Lee Jofa for the Ronald McDonald House in Long Island. Slonem continues to draw great inspiration from history, forging palpable connections to the past through his art. His popular portraits of Abraham Lincoln reframe the historic figure as a pop-art icon, and he is currently working on a nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture of French explorer Robert De La Salle, to be displayed publicly in Louisiana. Yet Slonem's most ambitious project has been his mission to save America's often forgotten historic buildings. Realizing too many of the country's architectural gems have fallen into disrepair, Slonem has found himself drawn to these national landmarks, inspired by the depth of their age and old-world beauty. Among his accomplishments are the restorations of Cordt's Mansion in Kingston, New York; the Lakeside and Albania plantations of Louisiana; and the Scranton Armory and Charles Sumner Woolworth's mansion in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His sixth and latest endeavor is Belle Terre, a storied property in South Kortright, New York. Numerous books and monographs have chronicled Slonem's art, including Bunnies (Glitterari Inc., 2014), Birds (Glitterati Inc., 2017) and Hunt Slonem: An Art Rich and Strange (Harry N. Abrams, 2002). His studios and homes have been profiled in such books as When Art Meets Design (Assouline Publishing, 2014) and Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem (powerHouse Books, 2007), among others. His latest will be Gatekeeper (Assouline Publishing), showcasing his reclamation of the Scranton Armory, and its transition "from arms to arms".