Mixed Media, Nails, Thread on Wood
48 x 42 in122 x 107 cm
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Ricky Hunt’s string artworks are influenced by Egyptian hieroglyphs, graffiti, and his tumultuous past that led to a paradigm shift in creativity and life. On his sculptural and three-dimensional mixed media artworks, he covers the wood panel with carefully placed nails and creates intriguing portraits with thread woven through the nails. The harmony of the overall filography composition finds its way through his intricate threading of yarn into a cohesive visual statement. Hidden within the patterns and markings of this string art portrait are limitless points of interest, constantly revealing the imagery in a new way for us to discover. This one-of-a-kind mixed media artwork measures 48 inches high by 42 inches wide and 3 inches deep. The shadows cast by the nails and black thread add a three-dimensional texture to this monochromatic artwork. Hunt added red thread to highlight the lips. It is wired and ready to hang. It is signed and dated by the artist on the back of the artwork. Free local Los Angeles delivery. Affordable U.S. and global shipping are available (this artwork ships in a crate). A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included.Philosophy, mathematics, scientific theory, poetry, and astronomy are a few of the themes that run through his paintings and he expresses it with unique imagery. Hunt describes his contemporary imagery as, “Chaotic order pouring from the watery depths of my unconscious”.Ricky Hunt lives and paints in Los Angeles. A brief period of drug addiction in the 1980s led to a term of incarceration for the artist. This in turn led to the discovery of his artistic talent and personal transformation through the love of art. He found inspiration in artists such as Basquiat and Haring.Hunt began to teach himself to draw in 1995. Nine months later Tiger Woods’ father Earl, commissioned a pastel portrait which he described as “The best portrait of Tiger ever painted”. From this foundation grounded in traditional drawing skills Hunt's work transformed into his contemporary painting approach seen today.His success started with his first sold-out exhibition in Los Angeles in 2016 which led to an international collector base and exhibitions worldwide. His works have been exhibited at galleries and art fairs internationally, including Los Angeles, New York, Zurich, Hong Kong, and London.
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Much of Ricky Hunt’s work is influenced by Egyptian hieroglyphics, graffiti, and his tumultuous past. After a brief period of drug addiction in the 1980s he was incarcerated which led to the discovery of his artistic talent and personal transformation through the love of art.
Hunt began to teach himself to draw in 1995. Nine months later Tiger Woods' father Earl, commissioned a pastel portrait which he described as "The best portrait of Tiger ever painted". Hunt is inspired by philosophy, mathematics, scientific theory, poetry, and astronomy and these themes appear in his work repeatedly.
The lively designs with which he covers each canvas flow from him like a melody. The harmony of the overall composition finds its way through his intricate markings into a cohesive visual statement. Hidden in the patterns and markings are limitless points of interest, constantly revealing new meanings.
Inspired by string art’s mathematical origins, his hyperrealistic portraits are created using string and nails only. Meticulously winding single lengths of black thread around thousands of nails on a white wood panel results in a captivating, three-dimensional artwork.
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