Hunt Slonem Multiplying Like Rabbits

Elizabeth Galtney our host with friend, Carson Seeligson[/caption] Ivy:   The painting  just popped. Tell me about the bunnies, do you have live bunnies too?

HS Hamilton Restaurant DC
Hamilton Restaurant, Washington DC with a Hunt Slonem mural painting of Toucans
Hunt: No, I don’t have bunnies but the bunnies just keep coming and coming and bubbling up.  I even dream about bunnies.  I’m working on some really large commissions right now….Fifty foot tall paintings.  I have done some murals as well. I love doing the giant ones.  It’s really fun.  I also do a lot of outdoor sculpture too.  Those are great but take a lot of work.HS Bunny Hop Kenner Louisiana Ivy:  I know you are traveling a  lot.  Tell me what cultures seem to be drawn to your work and where you are going these days.  (Hunt has had over 300 one man shows around the world) Hunt: I’m all over the map really…..several days a week.  I just got back from Dubai.  Russia is very responsive to my work.  I received the medal of merit from the Russian Academy of Art.  Canada, Asia. Asia is a strong market for me.  And of course right here in the US as well.HS at gathering Ivy:  How do you find the time to paint during the week with so much going on?  Is it hard to switch back and forth between traveling to gallery shows and creative work? Hunt:  No, not for me.  I just love the work.  I sometimes go in to my studio at 6 am and paint all through the day and then travel the next day. Ivy:  How has your work and the art world in general changed over the years? Hunt:  Now, with technology and social media an artist can be out in front of more people.  An artist can become even larger because of the exposure.  Also, there are so many directions my art can go.  People are talking about it as a brand rather than just art which has opened doors to new ways for me to present my art and now we have fabrics and wall papers and all kinds of directions that it’s taking.  HS curtainsGroundworks-Hunt-Slonem4lrIt’s really endless. HS Dining table 1 Ivy: Are you afraid that all these bunnies or exposure will water down your art?HS small green bunny Hunt:  No, I mean Picasso, Andy Warhol …so many others were prolific and their work is everywhere but is valuable.  I’m just creating and enjoying all the avenues that will take my work. (When I asked him what he likes to do to relax, he beamed over his passion) Ivy: You have another passion that really makes you light up.  Tell me about it. Hunt:   I also restore historic buildings and homes.  (with this he pulled out his phone to show me the photos of his babies) I have a home on some beautiful property in South Louisiana with giant oak trees.  (the photos show a beautiful old mansion on acreage with trees dripping with moss).  The home is a labor of love and I’m decorating the rooms to the period of the house.  It was built in 1837 and its a plantation home on 10 acres.  I like to collect gothic sofas and other period pieces so it’s all decorated in 19th century decor.   I really relax there and slow down. Ivy:  You have a new book out in the past year and a half that I just love.  Thank you for signing mine.  It looks at your love of the bunnies.HSBunnies book Hunt:  Yes, I just really love painting the bunnies.  I usually paint some in the morning as a warm up to my day.  I like to play with scale and perspective. I find these small portrait frames from the 19th century and like to hang lots of them together. Ivy: Thank you, Hunt for chatting and we hope your time in Houston is great.  It was a pleasure to see you again. Hunt: It was a pleasure to be here. Hunt Slonem’s work can be found a Gremillion & Co. Fine Art Gallery and his books can be found on Amazon. Best, Ivy      ]]>

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