86.36 x 76.2 cm, 34 x 30 ins (c) The Hunt Gallery
Painted Rooms: American Historic Interiors by Michael John Hunt
March 10 - 28 October 2012
The American Museum in Britain is delighted to present an exhibition of forty of English artist Michael John Hunt’s exquisite interiors of Winterthur and Wynkoop, treasured historic houses in the USA. The works will be shown in the Museum’s period rooms and Gallery, before the exhibition travels to Winterthur later this year.
Celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic for his meticulously detailed architectural paintings, Hunt (b. 1941) is entirely self-taught and has an intuitive understanding of perspective that would rival the abilities of many an artist. He has exhibited around the world from Amsterdam to Dubai and counts among his collectors members of the British Royal Family as well as Washington society.
One of the most striking features of Hunt’s portraits of American historic interiors is his theatrical use of natural light: sunlight filters between wood wall panelling, spills through window panes, and pools onto floorboards by open doorways. Fleeting shadows are thus captured forever in paint. Surprisingly, Hunt creates his pictures with layered acrylics and glazes producing subtleties of light and colour that are more usually associated with oil pigments. Thus Hunt illustrates his innate artistic dexterity – the painterly equivalent of a musician’s ‘perfect pitch’.
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