Vanda by Hunt Slonem
Vanda (155/250), 1980, Hunt Slonem
Hunt Slonem (b. 1951) is a 20th-century Neo-Expressionist, who is both a painter and lithographer. His career spans from the 1970s to the present-day. Most of his works are paintings (wet-on-wet and often cross-hatched) that feature his favorite subjects: birds, bunnies and butterflies. In his studio, the eclectic artist even keeps an aviary full of various birds and foliage. He has a long-term fascination with spirituality, often including Western saints and Hindu gods in his art. His biggest passion, however, is his love of nature and his works discuss the effects of deforestation. He is a well-loved artist around the world, and is highly collected by art museums, galleries and even by celebrities.
This original serigraph is one of his works from the 1980s. Although rather reserved for the artist, it is still bathed in warm, rich colors and is dominated by what he calls "exotic" objects. His love of birds is reflected in the patterned item on the left. The figure of a saint with a crown and folded hands links to his fascination with the mystic. Birds of Paradise and the titular vanda flowers complete the image. This still life is part of a series of serigraphs he created at this time that look like it might be a snapshot of a table in his own Louisiana plantation house, and reflects his fascination with art and the home.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 19.5" x 19.5"
Sheet size: 22" x 30"
Condition: In excellent condition