Slonembirds
Eclectus, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in., 2022 Collection of Cayman Clevenger
Bayou Teche (detail), Hunt Slonem, oil on wood, 24 x 20 in., 2004 
Hunt Slonem's Bayou Teche, oil on wood, 24 x 20 in., 2004 (detail)

Hunt Slonem: A Retrospective

The Cabildo
Tue, November 21, 2023 - Mon, September 30, 2024

The internationally acclaimed paintings and sculpture of Hunt Slonem (b. 1951) feature prominently in New Orleans and Baton Rouge art collections. Slonem maintains a thriving Manhattan studio while dividing his time between the Northeast and Louisiana. His art, so beloved here, has captured the heart of the contemporary market and flourishes in galleries across the globe.

Hunt Slonem: A Retrospective considers the influence of New Orleans and its environs on Slonem’s iconic work. His paintings feature intensely colorful subjects—whimsical bunnies, profuse vandas, cattelayas, and irises and fiery perched motmots and amazons—often suspended in antique frames. This retrospective explores Slonem’s profound connection with this poetic city and the impact of its exotic mystique on his artistic vision. Paintings and sculpture lent exclusively by Louisiana patrons and museums are explored in an art historical context, and the precedents for his painterly style and subject matter are briefly considered. The painter’s sources of inspiration in Louisiana are explored.