Hunt Slonem, “Black Finches”, Silkscreen Print on White Wove Paper, 2000, 24 x 36 Inches, Detroit Institute of Art
Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and printmaker. He graduated with a degree in Painting and Art History from Tulane Univeersity in New Orleans, Louisiana and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He is best known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of tropical birds, often based on a personal aviary in which he has been keeping from 30 to over 100 live birds of various species.
In 1976, Hunt Slonem received a painting grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in Montreal, Quebec, and began painting in earnest. His first solo show was held at New York’s Harold Reed Gallery in 1977, followed by a major exhibition at the prestigious Fischbach Gallery on Madison Avenue in New York City.