Hunt Slonem (American/Louisiana, b. 1951), "Toco", 2000, resin and acrylic on wood, h. 56 in., w. 54 in., d. 12 in. Ill.: Kuspit, Donald. Hunt Slonem. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2000, p. 152.
Note: Hunt Slonem’s rare resin and wood sculptures, such as “Toco” offered here, serve as an extension of his pictorial plane into a new spatial dimension. A frequent subject of Slonem’s bird paintings, the patterned display of toucans are a tangle of color and form that are remarkably organic in texture. The sculpture is an unflinching confrontation between the viewer and Slonem’s classic jungle tableau.
Ref.: Kuspit, Donald B. Hunt Slonem – An Art Rich and Strange. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002.