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Artist Hunt Slonem to Discuss His Work with A-State Students and at Bradbury Gallery


JONESBORO – Bradbury Gallery at Arkansas State University will present a talk by artist Hunt Slonem Wednesday, April 10, at 2 p.m.

Slonem will be visiting Arkansas State on Tuesday and Wednesday, during which time he also will meet with students in groups and privately. The gallery talk is open to the public; admission is free.

The artist will discuss the pieces in ‘Hunt Slonem: Painted Life,’ the current Bradbury Gallery exhibition featuring several of his paintings that have recently been donated to the ASU Permanent Collection of Art, according to Les Christensen, director of Bradbury Gallery.

While Slonem is well-known for his paintings of flora and fauna, saints and celebrities, architecture and landscape, he is perhaps best known for his paintings of tropical birds.

A native of Maine, his father was a Navy officer. With his grandfather’s encouragement, he developed an early desire to be an artist. He studied at Vanderbilt University and the University of the Americas in Mexico, then graduated with a degree in painting and art history from Tulane University.

Travel, particularly to unusual, exotic and spiritual locations, has remained an important aspect of Slonem’s life and work, inspiring and informing who he is and the art he creates.

Although he lives and works in New York City, he spends much of his time in the South at his homes in Louisiana, Albania Plantation in St. Mary Parish and Lakeside Plantation in Bachelor.

His homes and his New York studios can be seen in the book, “Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem,” published by Power House Books, New York. His artwork has been chronicled in several other books.

Since 1977, Slonem has had more than 350 exhibitions at international galleries and museums. Just this year, his work is scheduled to be shown at 18 locations on three continents. More than 100 museums include his work in their collections.

Bradbury Gallery in Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr., is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed on Mondays. For more details, contact the Bradbury Gallery at (870) 972-3471, by e-mail at bradburygallery@astate.edu, or visit the website, bradburygallery.com.

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Hunt Slonem
Cockatoos, 2008
oil on canvas
ASU Permanent Collection of Art
Gift of Margaret Evangeline
New York, New York