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Newel Hunter

Born: 1947

Hometown: Port Ludlow

Based in: Port Ludlow

“I rarely know what I'm going to paint beforehand, choosing to let my subconscious direct the work and guide my hand -- allowing chance to play an important role in shaping the final product. And it’s never about the paint. Or the canvas. It’s always about digging deep enough to stir the soul.”

Newel Hunter has emerged as a new-style action painter whose art is suffused with drama and vitality. With a rare level of skill and a complex methodology, he paints with a contrasting muscularity and deliberateness to produce art that is boldly elegant, contemplative, contemporary and impossible to ignore.

His stated ambition is to create a body of work where “ideas, discovery and surprise reign supreme.” And in doing so he skirts the boundaries between realist and abstract, fiction and fact. Every image is a whole body exercise in storytelling.

Hunter’s art is widely represented in collections within and outside the U.S. He has exhibited extensively in regional and national juried shows and consistently appears in curated international art magazines.

 



Newel Hunter In The Studio

“It’s not about the paint. Or the canvas. It’s about digging deep enough to stir the soul.”

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More About Newel Hunter

Question IconWhat inspires you?

I’m inspired by nature, the inexplicable, sensations, emotions, world events, the plight of human beings. All of those things and the visceral beat of great blues music. What happens in my life ends up on canvas. I paint in the moment. And I let the moment move me.

Question IconDescribe your creative process.

I rarely know what I'm going to paint beforehand, choosing to let my subconscious direct the work and guide my hand -- allowing chance to play an important role in shaping the final product.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

Dramatic. Calligraphic. Elegant.

Question IconWho are some artists that have influenced your work?

I paint a lot in black and white -- inspired by any number of European Art Informel and American abstractionists. Among them, Kline, Motherwell, Still, Hofmann, Richter, de Kooning and so many others. Pierre Soulages -- with his concentration on the light reflecting qualities of black -- has influenced me more than just about any other artist.

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

An empty mind. An inspired soul. And great blues music.

Question IconWhat is the best piece of advice you have been given?

GO FOR IT!

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

Inside myself, where everything I've experienced and have ever seen creates a wonderful gumbo that pours out onto the canvas in ways that constantly surprises me.


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