Charlie Hunter

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Charlie Hunter
Judge For: 8th Annual Competition Month #4 - July 2014

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ARTIST STATEMENT 

I was born in a small town in New Hampshire where we used to swim in the abandoned granite quarries. We had pigs and chickens and rambling barns. I’d walk home from school along the branchline rails of the Boston & Maine, and read the names and slogans on the box cars that’d roll by, things like “The Nickel Plate Road” and “Santa Fe All The Way”.....

When they put a highway bypass through our barns, my family returned to the house built by my great, great, great grandfather in Vermont, where my Great Aunts lived.  Our family made (and still makes) maple syrup there and had (and still have) a hand-cranked cider press which makes amazing cider but can remove a finger if you’re not careful (just ask Uncle Andrew).

My Dad ran a small print shop. There was always a lot of paper and drawing stuff around. I drew a lot. Though I did not appreciate it at the time, in college I was lucky enough to be forced by William Bailey to draw the figure three days a week from 8:00 am till noon, even though what I mostly wanted to do was drink coffee. Afterwards, I got a job designing tour posters for acts like The Clash and REM and The Jerry Garcia Band. I got to design a lot of album covers.

Now I live back in Vermont on the banks of the Connecticut River in an old mill town. There, I like to paint what nature does to what man creates. I tend to use a monochromatic ‘earth palate’ blend of ultramarine blue, viridian and burnt sienna. If I’m feeling sporty, maybe I’ll throw some unbleached titanium, Naples yellow or yellow ochre in there.

My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful, with aspirations toward a less-grotesque Anselm Keifer in a considerably better mood. It’s my hope that these paintings maybe move you even a little bit as much as the way the real thing moves me.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2014         Faculty, Plein Air Convention                                     Monterey, CA, April, 2014

                  Eyes on the Land                                                          Traveling Exhibition (VT)

                  Commission, Theater Curtain                                    Main Street Arts, Saxtons River, VT

                  AVA Center for the Arts, Lebanon, NH                    Make The Dirt Stick, July, 2014

                  Wayne, PA Plein Air

                  Easels in Frederick (MD)

                  Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

                  Telluride (CO) Plein Air                                               

2013

                  Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD                                     winner, Vanishing Landscapes award

                  Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ                                    winner, “Artists’ Choice” award

                  Wayne, PA Plein Air                                                     First Place award

                  Faculty, Plein Air Convention                                     Monterey, CA, April, 2013

                  Vermont Artisan Design, Brattleboro, VT                  Past Forward - solo show

                  Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT                                    group show, December 2013

                  Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ                                   group show,  January 2013

2012         PLEIN AIR Magazine Feature                                    September, 2012 Issue

                  Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD                                     winner, Best New Artist

                  Paint the Town, Cranford, NJ                                    winner, “People’s Choice” award

                  Wayne, PA Plein Air                                                    winner, “People’s Choice” award

                  West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT                                August, 2012 - show w/Susan Abbott

2011         Exhibition at Grafton (VT)                                          Winner, Donald Kissel Award

                  Plein Air Vermont                                                       Quick Draw award, People’s Choice award      

                 OUTDOOR PAINTER                                                Feature article, July 2011

                  Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, VT               Modern Cows solo show

2010         Exhibition at Grafton (VT)                                         Award of Excellence - winner

                  ARTSCOPE Magazine                                                Featured artist, December/January issue

2009         Susan Powell Fine Art, Madison, CT                         Putney Painters & Friends show

                  West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT                               Arrivals & Departures (solo show)

                  Willowell Foundation                                                Champlain’s Lake Rediscovered (traveling exhibition)

                  Orton Foundation                                                      Art of Action ( Award Winner - finalist)