Even though Hunt was born in the Chinese year of the rabbit, his work had a slow introduction to these animals. In the 1970s, rabbits began appearing at the feet of saints in devotional paintings. Over the decades, they, as rabbits do, multiplied to cover entire walls and eventually came to make up much of this distinguished painter’s life. These lagomorphs quickly grew to transcendent heights within Slonem’s world, with mystics and psychics telling him that these rabbits would take him places his other work never could.
Lepus Cuniculus is a manifestation of these predictions, and features entirely new media for Slonem. World-renowned for his oil paintings which are in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Academy of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition highlights bold new forays into glass, neon, large-scale sculpture, and back-lit glowboxes, along with his beloved works in oil.
Opening reception Friday, September 30, from 5-7 pm. View the work in the exhibition here!