Hunt Slonem at Clark Gallery
Artist Hunt Slonem has arrived at Banner Elk’s Clark
“It is an honor to have this internationally renowned American artist’s work in the High Country,” gallery representative Amy Yawn said.
Slonem has had exhibitions in more than 350 museums and galleries worldwide. His work has been featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
Slonem paints rabbits, butterflies, birds (of which he has a vast collection that have full run of his studio) and portraits. He has painted Abraham Lincoln extensively, and one of these paintings now hangs in Clark Gallery.
“His paintings are modern and expressive, simple in design, yet all are finished with textured crosshatching marks across the entire surface,” Yawn said. “There is a sense of whimsy and joy on his canvases that one can’t resist.”
Slonem is a painter, but is also celebrated for the décor of his homes and his vast collection of antiques. A book, “Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem,” paints a broader picture of the artist.
Slonem divides his time between New York and his two historic plantation homes in Louisiana. He has joined with Tiffany & Co. to design his signature Stoneware collection, as well as with Audi to create a custom A5 sports coupe, which was auctioned off for charity. He’s also collaborated with Tibetano to create a line of handcrafted, luxury carpets.
Slonem has been featured in Vogue and Elle magazines, and, this year, received the Louisiana State Arts Council’s Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award, as well as the Horticultural Society of New York’s Award of Excellence.
Clark Gallery is located in downtown Banner Elk at 393 Shawneehaw Lane, beside the Louisiana Purchase. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also by appointment.
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