Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter

Artist Statement / Bio

Artist Statement:

I strive for my paintings to reside in an uneasy calm, halfway between a photograph and a memory.

My work bears witness to economic policies that concentrated wealth in the hands of the few, resulting in the hollowing out of rural and small-town America.

The imagery of iconic photographers such as Lange or Evans resonate with us in manner similar, yet distinctively different than, say, the paintings of Edward Hopper, Joseph Stella or Franz Kline. All, however, reside in our collective aesthetic, what we think of when we think about visual language.

Manipulating paint with a window washer’s squeegee or impressing the pattern of paper towels into a painted surface to evoke the halftone screens and benday dots of classic photographic reproduction, my work plays upon familiar visual tropes that (one hopes) the viewer notes almost subconsciously. Concurrently, the thin, semi-transparent paint film allows quasi-random mark-making to appear almost photographic in detail.

The limited palette, near monochromatic nature of my paintings are analagous to the stripped-down writing approach of Carver or Hemingway, attempting to rid itself of excess aesthetic verbiage for imagery that is pared to sinew and bone.
 - Charlie Hunter



Biography:

Charlie Hunter was raised in rural New Hampshire and Vermont, the son of a small-town printer, and graduated cum laude with a BA in Art from Yale University. He worked as a graphic designer and artist manager in the music industry, creating scores of tour posters for acts such as The Clash, REM, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan and the Jerry Garcia Band and managing acoustic artists such as Chris Smither and Dar Williams. Since 2003, his company, Roots on the Rails, has organized music trains across the US, Mexico and Canada. Hunter now works full-time as a painter, and exhibits at galleries and museums across America.



Notable Collections:

Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, MA
Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Northampton, MA
Collection of Rachel Maddow and Susan Mikula
Collection of Logan Mankins
Preservation Trust of Vermont
Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society

Press:

LANDSCAPES IN OIL, Ken Salaz, Monacelli Press, 2019
SOUTHWEST ART, "10 New Painters", January, 2019
ARTISTS ON ART, "Landscape Painting or Rotting American Portrait?", January, 2019
ARTSCOPE, November, 2019

Upcoming Exhibitions/Awards:
2020 Ruth and James Ewing Art Award
Brattleboro (VT) Museum and Art Center, June-October 2021