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Hunt Slonem Opening, July 8th



Cobalt Bunnies  60"x60" Oil and Diamond dust on canvas

Cobalt Bunnies 60"x60" Oil and Diamond dust on canvas

Hunt Slonem is an American painter and sculptor best known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of bunnies, birds and butterflies. He maintains a large studio in Brooklyn, NY filled with his paintings and sculpture, an impressive collection of antiques and fifty-plus birds who provide him constant inspiration.

Mr. Slonem’s work is in a multitude of museum collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as many corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. Hunt Slonem has received extensive media attention: CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, ArtNews, and Architectural Digest (to name but a few) have all profiled Mr. Slonem not only for his artwork, but also for his collection of historic homes that he has restored, decorated and filled with works of art.

   Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design was founded in 2005. For the past eleven years the gallery has built a reputation for excellence in contemporary art. The gallery exhibits painting, sculpture, photography and jewelry by many of the finest American artists working today. Jessica Hagen Fine Art + Design is open to the public Thursday through Sunday and by appointment everyday but Monday. More information about the gallery is available at

Image attached: Cobalt Bunnies by Hunt Slonem 60 “ x 60” oil & diamond dust on canvas

Cobalt Bunnies by Hunt Slonem 60 “ x 60” oil & diamond dust on canvas

My Afternoon with Hunt Slonem

Kingston, New York: Cordts Mansion

Stunning, inspiring, stimulating and, fabulous…. there's no shortage of superlatives to describe artist Hunt Slonem or, his country house in upstate New York. Overlooking the Hudson, the second empire style Cordts Mansion sits on nine glorious acres of emerald lawn with majestic old growth trees, perfectly framing the river view.

I was surprised to find myself feeling a little nervous when I arrived at the driveway. Hunt’s bigger than life reputation precedes him. I wanted to meet the person responsible for such beautiful, colorful and captivating paintings. For the past two months I have been selling Hunt’s work in my gallery and was excited to finally meet him. 

The fact that Hunt’s country house is located in Kingston, NY right next to the even smaller village of Woodstock, my beloved hometown, made this trip even more exciting. 

If you know me even a little, you know I’m homesick for Woodstock every day. Even though I love living in beautiful Newport, RI -- it doesn’t change where my roots are. I had such a great time talking with him and touring his home.

As I was walking up the steps of Hunt’s front porch, I thought: “It just doesn’t get any better than this! It’s a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley, I’m here to meet Hunt and, this is my job!

Meeting Hunt

Hunt is one of the most uplifting people I’ve had the pleasure to know. How could it be any different? This man spends his days painting birds, bunnies, flowers and, butterflies. He has an unapologetic, all-out enthusiasm for life which is evident in everything he creates.

I had blast talking with him and touring his home. The three hours spent together flew by in an instant. We chose more paintings for the gallery, I could have stayed longer without seeing everything there was to see.

I left even more excited about Hunt’s work and our upcoming 2016 show at the gallery than when I arrived… and this is my job.



Posted on October 2, 2015 and filed under Gallery Artists.