Hunt Slonem (American/Louisiana, b. 1951), "The Witness: Trip-Tic", 1995, triptych oil on canvas, 2 panels signed, dated and inscribed "Trip-Tic" en verso, 78 in. x 186 in., unframed. Note: In the monumental work offered here of 1995, Hunt Slonem departs from his characteristic bold, colorful palette to instead utilize metallic, almost lustrous, colors and muted earth tones to convey a mysterious and supernatural quality. Hidden within the lush texture of the brushstrokes and lines are symbols – a bird, handprint or face seem to appear and disappear depending on the location of the viewer and the angle of the light source. The scale of the painting envelopes the viewer in Slonem’s mystical world, both sublimating the energy of the space around it and providing moments of pure transcendence. Slonem’s style as seen here and perfectly described by Donald Kuspit is: “the epitome of modern baroque – a kind of generic distillation of tactile painterliness, elusively recessive space, wide-open form, freewheeling unity, and incidental clarity, all rearticulated, indeed, thoroughly reworked, in the terms of modernist abstract.”
Ref.: Kuspit, Donald B. Hunt Slonem – An Art Rich and Strange. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002. Nahas, Dominique. The Worlds of Hunt Slonem. New York: The Vendome Press, 2011.