Called a Neo-Expressionist, Hunt Slonem inserts realism into his Abstract Expressionism. He combines Abstract Expressionist techniques with mysticism and animal subjects of Islam and Mexico and is best known for his paintings of tropical birds, based on a personal aviary in which he keeps about 100 live birds of various species.
Born in Kittery Maine, he spent his childhood in various states including California, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Virginia and Washington because his father was in the Navy. During college, he lived in Mexico and Nicaragua, and these cultures much influenced his art. He studied art at Vanderbilt and Tulane and spent a summer at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 1972, he moved to New York and started using Nicaraguan holy cards as subject matter for paintings, and he has continued to do paintings of Saints. His work came on the avant-garde art scene when he moved to New York. There he did some huge, panoramic murals including an 85-foot long frieze for the Bryant Park Grill.
New York-based, Louisiana-born painter Margaret Evangeline has long experimented with aesthetically resistant material, making work that deepens the immediacy of a moment. Evangeline is perhaps best known for her use of gunshot and mirror polished stainless steel to open up the all-over 2D picture plane with its taproot in New American-Type Painting.
She is frequently written about in The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, The Chicago Tribune, Architectural Digest, among other publications.
Evangeline is the recipient of awards, including a Polock-Krasner foundation Grant, 2001, and a New York Foundation for the Art Grant, 1996. Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held at venues as various as The Palm Beach ICA, The Delaware Center for the Art, The Hafnarborg Art Museum outside Reyjavik, Iceland, and the Taipei Museum in Taiwan. She is a member of the NY Advisory Board for Louisiana Arts.
Herbert B. Baggett
Herbert B. Baggett began his career as a stone mason and house-builder. Many of the older houses lining Tennessee Highway 13 were built by him. During the late 1970s, Baggett began making sculptures in a shed he built in his backyard. His early work consisted of lawn ornaments such as bird baths and flower pots made of stone, cement, and brick. Baggett never considered his work as ‘art’, instead saying “I don’t know what you would call ‘em, but I call ‘em things that sit in the yard.”
After his wife Lora died in 1991, Baggett turned to wood as his new medium. He would roughly carve the piece using a band saw, then whittle the piece down to its intended form. Although his following is mostly local, Baggett is known for his “Kid Racks,” “Bird-trees,” and figures of animals.
Eric L. Hansen
Hansen’s color images are deeply personal storyboards of his own connections to post-modern American culture.
Hansen began making photographs at the age of 12, and while he later studied drawing and painting, photography remains his enduring passion. In junior high school, he worked part-time assisting New York’s Bachrach portraitist J. Stevens Dorsey. In high school he won numerous photography awards. He earned a BFA degree at Rutgers in creative writing and theater acting, directing, stage lighting, and set design – the art of telling a story with actors, color, light, shadow and space. His photography is compositionally intentional, after Cezanne, and darkly expressionist, as Schiele and Kokoschka. Some of his images are painful; some are joyous; some are funny. All are provocative in deep color, shadow and light. He works from his studio in Long Beach, California.
Museum directors who have curated his work include: Director of the Museum of Photographic Art Arthur Ollman, director of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art Rober Fitzpatrick, Director of Contemporary Art at the Santa Fe Museum of Fine Arts Laura Addison, Director of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art Joann Moser, Director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Marc Pachter, and Associate Director of LA’s Museum of contemporary Art Alma Ruiz.
In the last five years, his work has appeared in more than twenty group shows and solo exhibitions, where he has won numerous awards. Last year, his work was featured in the spring issue of Eyemazing, the international fine art photography journal.