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Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery presents Hunt Slonem: "Year of the Rabbit" opening reception

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Leading into the Chinese Year of the Rabbit in 2023, Hunt Slonem: "Year of the Rabbit" pays homage to the inspiration that launched his most popular body of works – his series of Bunnies.

Upon learning that 1951, the year of his birth, fell under the sign of the Rabbit, Slonem was instantly captivated by the emblem, as he recalled its universality as a symbol of luck and productivity through his own early memories. Much like the cyclical nature of a zodiac, he returns to his most recognizable motif time and again, emphasizing the profound impact of repetition on his artistic practice, yet lending each figure a different personality through inimitable brushwork. His playful forms are expertly composed through contrasts in color and texture, setting the viewer’s gaze into motion to traverse each painting and find new perspectives in each viewing.

The exhibition also surveys the extension of his signature, neo-expressionist style to a wide range of subject matter, reflective of a childhood spent in multiple cities and countries. From rendering tropical birds and butterflies to reframing iconic public figures, the eclectic selection of works on display, amidst his renowned Bunny Walls, come together to seemingly collapse distances across both nature and culture.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through February 11.

Leading into the Chinese Year of the Rabbit in 2023, Hunt Slonem: "Year of the Rabbit" pays homage to the inspiration that launched his most popular body of works – his series of Bunnies.

Upon learning that 1951, the year of his birth, fell under the sign of the Rabbit, Slonem was instantly captivated by the emblem, as he recalled its universality as a symbol of luck and productivity through his own early memories. Much like the cyclical nature of a zodiac, he returns to his most recognizable motif time and again, emphasizing the profound impact of repetition on his artistic practice, yet lending each figure a different personality through inimitable brushwork. His playful forms are expertly composed through contrasts in color and texture, setting the viewer’s gaze into motion to traverse each painting and find new perspectives in each viewing.

The exhibition also surveys the extension of his signature, neo-expressionist style to a wide range of subject matter, reflective of a childhood spent in multiple cities and countries. From rendering tropical birds and butterflies to reframing iconic public figures, the eclectic selection of works on display, amidst his renowned Bunny Walls, come together to seemingly collapse distances across both nature and culture.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through February 11.

WHEN

WHERE

Laura Rathe Fine Art
1130 Dragon St #130, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
https://laurarathe.com/show/laura-rathe-fine-art-year-of-the-rabbit---hunt-slonem-lrfa-houston-dallas

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Admission is free.

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