October 4th, 2021

"Altered States" exhibition at Gallery MAR, Park City Utah

“Altered States” exhibition at Gallery MAR, Park City Utah

“In my Childhood I was enchanted by the White Rabbit, who leads Alice down the rabbit hole into Wonderland and an altered state. That’s always been important to me: the idea of altered states. When I am painting, I sometimes feel as though I am somewhere else, observing reality from an outside perspective.”

– Hunt Slonem

Every morning, upon rising – even before he’s had his first cup of coffee or called any of his psychic advisors – Hunt Slonem performs his daily warm-ups.

Glass bunnies rest under an oil painting by Hunt Slonem, "Polyphemus," 43" x 32"

Glass bunnies rest under an oil painting by Hunt Slonem, “Polyphemus,” 43″ x 32″

 

Slonem paints rabbits in outline, applying quick broad strokes that resemble calligraphy as much as they do rabbits. These paintings are what he calls his warm-ups. Why rabbits?

 

An array of butterflies, parrots, and bunnies by Hunt Slonem at Gallery MAR

An array of butterflies, parrots, and bunnies by Hunt Slonem at Gallery MAR

 

Hunt was in a Chinese restaurant many years ago and on the back of the menu was a chart of the Chinese zodiac, designating the years that fall under each sign. In the middle of eating a spring roll he discovered he was born in the Year of the Rabbit.


 

Hunt has always loved rabbits, as a child he kept them as pets. He used to dream about them, and he still does to this day. With a keen interest in a variety of wildlife from monkeys to bunnies, the end result is a magical, precise, abstract narrative that is produced through accurate and painstaking observation.