Scott Hunt

b.1958

As a fine artist whose discipline is drawing, Scott Hunt produces charcoal and pastel works on paper that are narrative and/or allegorical in nature. The critic, Ana Finel Honigman, asserts that the drawings are "meticulously crafted" and the gallerist, Robert Goff says that the works have "intensely enigmatic and mysterious subject matter. The viewer encounters a vision of America that is at once sympathetic, humorous, and apocalyptic."

Hunt has had seven solo shows, the most recent, titled "God is an American," at New Art Projects, London, in May 2016. Other solo shows at Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris; Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York; Goff + Rosenthal Galleries (two in New York, one in Berlin); and Russell Projects, Richmond, VA. A solo booth of his work was featured by New Art Projects at the  VOLTA Basel fair in June 2016. Additionally, he had a solo presentation with Robert Goff Gallery at the NEXT CHICAGO art fair in 2010. His work has been included in group shows at: Wartburg State College, IA; Cream Contemporary, Berlin; Salomon Contemporary in Easthampton, NY; and a show of 68 American contemporary artists curated by Beth Rudin deWoody at Shizaru Gallery, London.

As an illustrator, Hunt's work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire (U.S. and Russia), The Boston Globe, and GQ Magazine. His book, Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art (Dutton) was voted one of the Top Ten Art Books for Young Adults in 2006 by the American Library Association.

Hunt has been awarded The FID Prize for drawing as well as a Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work is included in many international collections, including Colecção Madeira Corporate Services Drawing Collection in Portugal. His drawings are part of the permanent collection of contemporary art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

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I’m working within an oeuvre of American Realism that can be traced back at least as far as to Copley’s “Watson and the Shark.” Artists that inspire me include: Walker Evans, Hopper, Faulkner, Charles Addams, Les Krims, George Tooker, and the first 60 years of American cinema.

My creative process begins with the collecting of discarded snapshots from flea markets and the Internet. My interest in the casual snapshot is its link to a history or memory that I can’t access. The inaccessible nature of these memories—or stories—has led me to a preoccupation with inventing new narratives for the objects and figures depicted in the photographs. By doing so, I reclaim these anonymous people and objects, giving them new “histories”, while simultaneously tapping into my personal mythologies. These narratives often reflect a dark, mysterious, and intrinsically Gothic view of America: suburbs leach danger, authority figures evince moral turpitude, nature threatens, and the surface of all things belies the more messy, complicated realities of being human. The works are saved from being unrelentingly gloomy by a consistently wry sense of humor.

After having culled a selection from hundreds of snapshots, I identify elements in each photo that are intriguing—a figure, a bit of architecture, a family pet—and remove them from their original context. I then combine them with elements from other photographs until I’ve created a wholly new mise en scène. The art dealer, Robert Goff, says of the work, “these are drawings with intensely enigmatic and mysterious subject matter. The viewer encounters a vision of America that is at once sympathetic, humorous, and apocalyptic.”

The surface texture, a result of rubbing the charcoal into the rag paper fiber, creates a dream-like atmosphere that’s in direct service to the subject matter.

SCOTT HUNT: CURRICULUM VITAE


Born 1958, Ossining, New York. Lives and works in Manhattan

EDUCATION 1981:
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016: "God is an American," New Art Projects, London; VOLTA Basel, New Art Projects, London
2014: "Entre Chien et Loup," Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris, France
2012: “Then the Darkness Fell,” Schroeder Romero & Shredder, Chelsea, NY
2010: “Recent Drawings,” Russell Projects, Richmond, VA; NEXT Chicago, Robert Goff Gallery
2008: “That Sticky Candy,” Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, Chelsea, NY
2007: “Death and the Maiden,” Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, Berlin, Germany   
2006: “The Tender Land,” Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, Chelsea, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017: “Moi, Courbet,” Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris, France
2015: "Cocteau Contemporain," Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris, France, curated by Dominic Païni
          PULSE Miami, New Art Projects, London
2014: Special Project, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, Chelsea, NY
2013: “Charcoal!,” Schick Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
         “Ladies & Gents,” Salomon Contemporary, Chelsea, NY
         “Drawing Discourse,” UNC Asheville, NC
2012: “Bad For You,” Shizaru Gallery, London, England, curated by Beth Rudin deWoody
         “Summer Camp,” Schroeder Romero & Shredder, Chelsea, NY
2011: “The Garden,” Allan/Nederpelt, Brooklyn, NY
          Special project, Allegra LaViola Gallery, Lower East Side, NY
2010: “Plank Road,” Salomon Contemporary, Chelsea, NY
         “Hunt & Chase, Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY
         “Sky Was Yellow, Sun Was Blue,” Russell Projects, Richmond, VA
2009: “Exquisite Corpse,” Cream Contemporary, Berlin, Germany, (w/ Cornelia Renz and Joe Biel)
         “Multi-media,” Waldemar A. Schmidt Art Gallery, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
         “Summer Exhibition,” Goff + Rosenthal, Chelsea, NY
2006: “Inaugural Exhibition,” Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin, Germany
2005: “Paradise Lost,” Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, Chelsea, NY
         The 28th Annual Small Works Exhibition, NYU’s 80 Washington Square East Galleries, NY

CURATION
2009: The Soft Glow of Brutality: The Art of Hugh Steers, The Frank Moore Archive Project, Visual AIDS

MISCELLANEOUS
2009: The Frank Moore Archive Project, Visual AIDS, Chelsea, NY, (An archive of the work of
          HIV+ artists)
2001–2003: The Drawing Center, Slide Registry, SoHo, NY

PUBLISHED WORK
1985–2007: Work published as illustration for various magazines, newspapers, and publishing houses,
                    including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Harper’s, The
                    Atlantic Monthly, Esquire Russia, GQ
2006: Twice Told: Original Stories Inspired by Original Art (Dutton, hardcover), concept and drawings by
          Scott Hunt

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2009: The Morning News, The Art of the American Snapshot, November 30,
            http://www.themorningnews.org/gallery/the-art-of-the-american-snapshot
           NY Arts Magazine, May 2009, Vol. 14 No. 3/4
2008: Art & Auction Magazine, September 2008, Vol. XXXII, No. 1, Essay by Robert Goff
2007: Scott Hunt In Conversation With Ana Finel Honigman, http://tinyurl.com/bzswpfc
2006: Desenhos (“Drawings”) A–Z, Colecção Madeira Corporate Services

GRANTS / AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
2017: The FID Prize for Drawing
          Yaddo Artist's Colony Residency
2007: New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2006–2007: The Pollock-Krasner Foundation

COLLECTIONS
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Colecção Madeira Corporate Services Drawing Collection, Portugal

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