The titles of two books, Hunt Slonem: An Art Rich and Strange and Pleasure Palaces: The Art and Homes of Hunt Slonem, indicate the range of the New York-based painter's public persona. While his works are included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection, he's almost as well known for his lush lifestyle--one of his five homes is a New Orleans plantation that a psychic told him to buy, and each is populated with the exotic birds and hothouse flowers he collects. Slonem, who was raised in Hawaii, paints oil canvases that convey his interest in the brightly colored natural life of the tropics. They depict ocelots, macaws, monkeys and butterflies in a way that's both decorative (flat pictorial space, wallpaper-like repeating patterns), exuberant (he's been compared to expressionists like Vassily Kandinsky) and carefully observed.
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