Scott Hunter, his own self.
NEWS: Added 4/22/2013 to Part 2 of the Gallery ("Woodscapes"), a page of portrait drawings from 2013 and following.
If you would like to listen to a few songs by Slim Jimsøhn (my musical alter-ego), and view a video of some slides of my work and other images in my collection, see my YouTube channel at Slim - YouTube . To hear all of my songs on my Soundcloud music page, go to https://soundcloud.com/scott-hunter-4 .
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Thank you for visiting this gallery of my artistic production from 1969 to the present. It is organized chronologically and by medium. You will find links to the five pages of the site in the sidebar to the left of this page. To view larger images of each piece, click on the thumbnails. Thanks for your interest, and please visit again soon; I'll be updating the site as new works are completed, and if you wish, don't hesitate to e-mail me using the "Email the Artist" link in the sidebar.
About the Artist
I started painting in junior high school, influenced by Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Munch and the early abstractionists, especially, Kandinsky. I attended Brown University from 1968 - 1973 (including one semester of graduate study in Art History) where I discovered the excitement and power of the Abstract Expressionists. I dropped out of grad school for a couple of years to paint and play rock and roll with friends in Denver, Colorado, then returned to school in 1975 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where I completed my MA in Art history, writing long papers on Jackson Pollock, and my thesis on the Burst Paintings of Adolphe Gottlieb. I was married in 1976, and taught Art History at a couple of universities, and worked in education at the wonderful Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio. Then in 1977, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which, although a relatively mild case, put an effective end to any career aspirations, but affirmed my feeling that making art would be, outside of family, the most important thing in my life.
By 1979, my MS had progressed, and my art had digressed, to the point where something new was needed. After a period of struggle and experimentation, I discovered a love of woodcarving, and the surprising fact that I might be better in three dimensions than two. Always an "expressionist", I learned that for all intents and purposes, I could do in wood -- sitting comfortably on my couch -- pretty much what I had been doing in paint all those years.
Then, after more than twenty-five years of carving, I finally grew bored with this mode of image-making and began looking for new ways of satisfying my need to make objects that pleased me, and to which others might respond as well. It took several fairly painful years more of worry, experimentation and work, until it occurred to me that I could combine a growing interest in photographic imagery, a fascination with the possibilities of computer-aided editing and my continuing love of wood. Working at first with photographs taken by my younger son, Matt, on a post-high school bicycle tour of New Zealand, I began the series of wooden wall pieces that I call "Woodscapes". These works are all made from unstained hardwoods, and can be found on the third page of the site.
Having begun life as an abstract painter, I eventually realized that I responded more powerfully to images that include the human figure and more recently, the natural world, most often distorted in ways that (to me, at least) enhance their emotional impact. This has been my goal ever since: to express my own emotional responses to life's experiences, and to evoke the same in others. I won't say any more about content; I'll leave that to your own sensibilities, but I please e-mail me (using the link in the sidebar to the left) if you wish to comment, ask a question, etc. Thanks again for visiting. Please come back often. -- Scott