b.1985 Newport Beach, California
BA Fine Arts, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
MA Art Business, Sotheby’s Art Institute, New York, NY
Hunt has unveiled a series of breakthrough works around a central theme of “Value” — an often times “Taboo” subject in the art world that Hunt regularly confronted in the world of art business and more importantly in everyday life. By rushing head-on into what he knows to be a support pillar for society and artistic creation, Hunt uses his art as a vessel to draw attention to our almost pornographic avoidance of conversations around “value” and “money" in relation to art.
In Nicholas Hunt’s Caliber Abstraction series he has invented a method to add value by subtraction, and through the process created a contemporary reincarnation reminiscent of Robert Rauschenberg's 'Erased de Kooning'. On a conceptual and humanistic level, his Caliber Abstraction series is also a symbol for the value that life creates within the individual self. Throughout life we are challenged, rewarded, broken, repaired, and scarred physically and sometimes emotionally. It’s these experiences to which we owe our individuality, our uniqueness, and in essence our value. Similar to Hunt’s artwork, our true colors are revealed and polished through our collision course with life.
“Visually I have always been stimulated by change, color, light and space. So what I wanted to do was find a new way to add value and “create" color through a completely negative process. The idea of the gun represents both the logical and final conclusion of an eraser while epitomizing the ultimate Western, or American, tool.”
Having worked at the Broad museum for 4 years as a VSA, Hunt found it fascinating to watch the majority of guests (art outsiders) who had never visited a musuem react to and interact with art with an all to common "my kid could do that" response -- oftentimes towards the most groundbreaking and celebrated artists of our time. After a couple years Hunt's work began to evolve into a his recent series that pushes his reaction to these early experiences even further.
Hunt's new "Lily's Paintings," expand upon the simple and familiar. Pushing further into this concept of recognizeable imagery and common or low art; little kid's coloring books. Playful images and scenes are colored way outside the lines with no influence, preconvieved notion or idea of what "good art" is. These paintings are made using precise acrylic lines to render the images, combined with spontaneous gestural oil stick marks to mimic the excitable movements of a child filling in the colors of their favorite coloring book, or just a place mat at a local diner.
The work is devoid of people and meant to instill happiness and he's choosen images based on iconic meanings and symbols that evoke personalized nostalgia within the individual viewer. The larger scenes are an attempt to make the viewer feel like they have entered the punch-line of an inside joke, which they long to be a part of. A common thread throughout the work is the naive idea of childhood safety, like when a tiger wants to be your freind, cigarettes dance, everthing is happy and nothing can hurt you. This wishful idea is somethng hammered into our head as a youth that we must unlearn as adults, while our innate childhood creativity that we are born with is discouraged so we can become contributing members of a larger society. This work reminds us that it is ok to hold on to our child-like innocoence and color outisde of the lines.
2018 - NY SCOPE Fair, Mugello Gallery (March)
2018 - LA Art Fair, Mugello Gallery (February)
2018 - LA Group Exhibition, Mugello Gallery (February)
2017 - ArtMiami CONTEXT Fair, Mugello Gallery (December)
2017 - LA Broad Art Museum, Insiders Group Exhibition (June)
2017 - LA Solo Exhibition “Caliber Abstractions”, Mugello Gallery (June)
2016 – NY Sotheby’s Group Exhibition (May)
ARTICLES & PRESS
June 2017 – “Caliber Abstractions”, Huffington Post Feature
June 2017 – LALA Magazine inaugural issue, full page spread
Sweet Primal ThingsGroup Exhibition 15 Nov - 21 Dec 2019SWEET PRIMAL THINGS is a cross-disciplinary exhibition comprising twelve contemporary California-based artists’ relationships with their quotidian surroundings, explored through the use of modern tools that become the media of the...
MIAMI BEACHArt Fair 5 - 9 Dec 2018
'Caliber Abstractions'Nicholas Hunt 3 Jun - 16 Jul 2017Born February 4th, 1985 in Newport Beach, California. Nicholas Hunt grew up surrounded by business minded entrepreneurs and Southern California art icons Billy Al Bengston, Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Laddie...