The Changing Landscape of the Birthplace of Vermont
This exhibit of recent paintings by Charlie Hunter, a talented landscape artist from Bellows Falls Vermont,was on display at the museum from May 26 to October 31, 2007, with support from an artist grant from the Vermont Arts Council.
In Hunter's work, one sees not only the strong influence of Edward Hopper but also the echoes of painters such as Eakens, Homer, Sheeler and Eastman Johnson. Much as those American masters explored the transition of the American landscape from agrarian to industrial, Hunter traces the landscape's post-industrial evolution - suburban expansion, downtown struggle and rural retreat. His current work has largely eschewed color for a monochromatic palate, evocative of old gelatin-silver photography. A mixture of plein-air oils and larger studio paintings, the hallmarks of Hunter's work are an extraordinary draftsman's eye, a strong design sense and a surface that constantly shifts from raw brushstroke to precise detail.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Charlie Hunter was raised in Weathersfield Center, Vermont where he was home schooled in the house built by his Great Great Great Grandfather. Hunter majored in art at Yale University, studying with painters William Bailey, Richard Lytle and Bob Reed, architectural historians Vincent Scully and Alex Gorlin and designers Alvin Eisenmann and Inge Druckery. He lived in Northampton, MA in the 80's and 90's, working as a graphic designer and music manager, returning to Vermont in 2000. During his years as a designer, Hunter created over fifty album covers for acts on major and independent labels. In the 90's he won the Canson-Talens International Pastel Grand Prize.
Charlie Hunter now shows his paintings regularly at galleries in the Northeast and his works hang in numerous private collections. When not painting, he runs occasional transcontinental music and art trains, live music events, and is active in local farmers markets.
For more information, click here to visit the Hunter Studio website.