Hunt Slonem Book Party Extraordinaire

Hunt Slonem Book Party Extraordinaire

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 6:03pm 55 degrees

    Hunt Slonem is an American painter, sculptor, and print-maker. He is best known for his Neo-Expressionist paintings of tropical birds, often based on a personal aviary in which he has been keeping from 30 to over 100 live birds of various species. Slonem’s works are included in many important museum collections all over the world including the Guggenheim in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  He is exhibiting regularly at both public and private venues and has received numerous honors and awards.

    Born in Maine and the eldest of four children. His father was a Navy officer, and mother – a homemaker who spent much of her time doing volunteer work. As a result of his father’s military career, Slonem’s family moved around frequently. 

    It was Slonem’s grandfather who always encouraged young Hunt to paint. “I grew up around painting, and my parents dabbled in painting themselves. I was given paints as a child, and I wanted to be a painter from first grade onwards,” Slonem told the online magazine Art Interview.

    Hunt Slonem’s oil paintings pivot between the fantastic and the natural. 

    These natural forms ultimately become the subjects for many of his artworks, appearing in large lavishly colored paintings and constructed sculptures. His paintings are layered with thick brushstrokes of vivid color, often cut into in a cross-hatched pattern that adds texture to the overall surface of the painting. Slonem often hides his subjects behind a grid of incised lines, blurring their contours and emphasizing the paint’s tactile quality.

    Well, his new book “When Art Meets Design” is a colorful treat for your eyes.  Glorious interiors, beautiful artwork, clever arrangements, 300 big pages of eye candy and thought provoking quotes by Hunt and those who adore him.

    The crowd at the book signing celebration was just as colorful as the new coffee table tome.  Autographs and cocktails are made easy at the PLAZA.  The ASSOULINE Bookshop is located on the mezzanine level of the grand historic hotel. I realize now how easy it is for the town-car-driven woman to dash from her car into the hotel up the grand staircase and into the book salon.  There were so many great entrances made by great ladies it was hard to keep up.  I’m speaking of real jewels, gorgeous on-trend bold print ensembles and handbags that have their own twitter page.

    The Ladies Who Lunch and the Divas who Direct  – love art and adore art books – and Hunt Slonem’s 
    Where Art Meets Design” is one of the best books you’ll find.  I’m not characterizing – I’m just sharing facts . . . .
    “art-i-facts”. Oh I’m so clever in Autumn. 

      Guests begin to gather at the ASSOULINE  Bookshop
       inside The Plaza Hotel Mezzanine 
        Hunt Slonem signing books and sketching pictures 
          Marc Haynes (E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Director ASSOULINE)
            Dernar Hebert Ann Feldstein Jennifer Powell
               Chris Meigher (QUEST) Beatrice Saffre (Media Manager ASSOULINE)
                Stephanie Labeille (VP Global Communications ASSOULINE) 
                + Stephan Kossman (celebrity photographer)
                  James Agular + Mark Haldeman

                      Mr. Kravet +Anne Feldstein +Doug Garfinkle + Mrs. Kravet

                          Romina Djelosevic + Diego Zanatta
                            Hunt sketches a bunny in his book
                              Rockell Metcall
                                S. Epatha Merkerson and friends
                                  Younghye Hwang and friend
                                    Salud + Paul
                                      Jennifer and Stacey 
                                        Mark Chamberlain
                                          Helen + Joanne
                                            Anne Baumgartner+ Karen Boyer
                                              Olivia + Prosper + Sharon
                                                Margo receives a hug and kiss from author Hunt Slonem
                                                  Drew McGukin purchased two of the books
                                                  “Where ART meets DESIGN”
                                                    Hunt Slonem + Bunny Williams + John Rosselli
                                                      Ansiri and Dovile
                                                        Di Mondo + Margo
                                                          Nina Richter +Gilles Guilbert
                                                            Olivia + Prosper Assouline

                                                                Hunt and Olivia
                                                                  Austin and Judith Graham

                                                                        Martine and Olivia
                                                                          Jean and Brooke Shields
                                                                            Brooke Sheilds and Martine Assouline
                                                                              Martine Assouline + Iris Dankner + Ally Coulter
                                                                                Newell Turner + Ally Coulter + Iris Dankner
                                                                                  Chiu-Ti Jansen

                                                                                      Robert Passal + Friend + Damon Tomas Santiago
                                                                                      P. 75

                                                                                      #ASSOULINE #HUNT SLONEM #BOOK CELEBRATION #WHERE ART MEETS DESIGN

                                                                                      Rio Hamilton

                                                                                      Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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