A Hard Place, 2013

Charcol on paper79 x 106 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Beast, 2013

Charcoal on paper124 x 74 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Pickles, 2013

Charcoal on paper58 X 56 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Pursuit (Gabo's Butterflies), 2007

Charcoal on paper92 x 26 cm
© Courtesy // Galerie Mathias Coullaud

Scott Hunt

Scott Hunt

Biography

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 five solo shows, the most recent in 2012 at Schroeder Romero & Shredder in New York, three with Goff + Rosenthal Galleries (two in New York, one in Berlin), and one at Russell Projects in Richmond, VA. 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 in 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 is the recipient of a Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) as well as a grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work is included in many international collections, including Colecção Madeira Corporate Services Drawing Collection in Portugal, and The Burger Collection in Switzerland. Two of his drawings are part of the permanent collection of contemporary art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Interview

What are your artist origins?
As a child, I had a life-threatening health issue that resulted in major surgery when I was ten years old. That ordeal was very emotionally isolating and there were no outlets for me to process the trauma I’d experienced. Eventually I discovered that art could help me to release some of that trauma, giving voice to my altered reality.

Did you choose the medium of drawing or was this choice imposed on you?
When I was enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York, the program put a premium on the skill of drawing. In my first year, we were required to take five figure drawing classes a semester and, by the time I’d graduated, I’d become a solid draftsman. I chose charcoal as my medium because it serves two purposes simultaneously: It imparts a sense of deep mystery to the subject matter while it allows me to visually depict and reference the source of all of my work, vernacular photography.

The artistic guideline of the Gallery is centered on an ironic, satiric and offbeat vision of the world. Do you recognize yourself in this approach?
My work is heavily indebted to the Surrealists. So I would say that all of those adjectives—ironic, satiric, and offbeat—would describe my work and are the characteristics I’m always striving for. My preliminary “sketches” are done in Photoshop and are essentially collages, an art form that the Surrealist invented. But where most collage depicts tableaux that could not be seen in nature, my scenes are peculiar but always grounded in natural realism, giving the work its own unique kind of “off-kilter” quality.

CV

EDUCATION
1981 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Parsons School of Design 

SOLO SHOWS
2016
“God is an American,” New Art Projects, London, England
           VOLTA Basel, New Art Projects (London), Basel, Switzerland
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 SHOWS
2017 
"Moi Courbet", Galerie Mathias Coullaud, Paris, France
2015 
“Cocteau Contemporain,” Coullaud & Koulinsky, Paris, France, curated by Dominique 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 Gallery, Berlin, Germany, (with 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: TheDrawingCenter,SlideRegistry,SoHo,NY 

PUBLISHED WORKS
1985–2007 Works 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, www.themorningnews.org, 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, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk 2006: Desenhos (“Drawings”) A–Z, Colecção Madeira Corporate Services 

GRANTS/AWARDS
2017
The FID Prize for Drawing
2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
2006–2007: ThePollock-KrasnerFoundation 

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

Scott Hunt

Scott Hunt