New York

Hunt Slonem

Jason McCoy Gallery

Hunt Slonem’s earlier works described a paradise in which the social and the spiritual converge with the panoply of the natural world. In these large, brightly colored paintings of the last few years, the vitality of Slonem’s flat but juicy brushwork serves the double purpose of weaving an apocalyptic, albeit charming, jungle around emblazoned icons of the endangered and deceased—groups of exotic animals, usually surrounding a healer or saint. His faux-naive manner appears to stem from a romantic attitude about painting that celebrates the resurrection of man and beast in terms of this world rather than the next.

Although Slonem keeps a menagerie of exotic birds in his New York loft and has traveled widely in the latitudes from which he has derived the dramatic backgrounds for his allegorical tableaux (Latin America and India), his large-scale narrative works appear to be mnemonic. His

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