L.HUNT describes his work as generally “narrative figurative.” “I’ve done many portraits of people in the past, but I feel more satisfied when doing pieces that have some story or conflict to be told in them,” says L.HUNT. “These go beyond the simple painting of a person looking into the camera. Pieces that make someone stop and consider while enjoying the composition, color and technique—that’s what I’m striving for.”
That is what drew L.Hunt to a new book project which entails illustrating a fresh, new translation of Arthur Rimbaud’s cryptic, symbolist poem The Drunken Boat.
The poem set in 1890s France, "is the tragic tale of a man who would rather die than to be told what to do, and what the results of a life like that lead to,” explains the artist. “I can paint a lot of human emotion into the difficult circumstances this man puts himself in. The elements of the story allow me to have an expansive, moody, splashy series of paintings which I enjoy producing. One of the fascinating things about the poem is that it parallels the man’s journey of his drunken stupor with a boat or ship on stormy seas. So not only am I able to do narrative figurative work, but also Parisian landscapes and architecture, splashing ocean waves, abstract concepts, along with the beautiful design of a Spanish galleon sailing off the edge of the world.”L.HUNT will host his solo show The Drunken Boat which opens with a reception on October 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at his gallery in Eastvale, California. —
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