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Ol' Blue Eyes


R Hunt


Mixed Media, Nails, Thread on Wood


48 x 43 in
122 x 109 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. In 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. Notably, this new style, reminiscent of Baldaressi's distinctive influence, is exclusively available for purchase at our art gallery in Los Angeles.

This one-of-a-kind mixed media artwork measures 48 inches high by 43 inches wide and 3 inches deep. The interplay of shadows created by the nails and black thread introduces a three-dimensional tactile quality to this monochromatic artwork, while the presence of the blue threaded circle evokes the essence of Baldaressi's style. 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.

Hunt's works reflect how he brought order into the chaos of his earlier existence. Philosophy, mathematics, scientific theory, poetry, and astronomy are a few of the themes that run through his paintings and he expresses them with unique imagery. Hunt describes his contemporary imagery as, “Chaotic order pouring from the watery depths of my unconscious”.

In this captivating figurative artwork, the artist employs a striking visual element, a large textural round dot strategically positioned to obscure the facial features of the subject. The deliberate use of this geometric form serves as a thought-provoking intervention, transcending conventional portraiture norms. The artist, driven by a profound conceptual motivation, articulates that the decision to shroud the faces in anonymity through the unifying dot was a deliberate act aimed at an egalitarian dimension, challenging viewers to confront the complexities of identity, societal hierarchies, and the universality of human experience. The dot becomes a symbolic veil, inviting contemplation on the interconnectedness of individuals and fostering a nuanced dialogue on the nature of representation within the realm of contemporary figurative art.

Ricky Hunt lives and paints in Los Angeles. Hunt began to teach himself to draw in 1995. Nine months later Tiger Woods’ father Earl, commissioned a pastel portrait that 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. He found inspiration in artists such as Basquiat, Haring, and Rothko.

Ricky Hunt's success started with his first sold-out exhibition at Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles in 2016 which led to an international collector base and exhibitions worldwide. Notable private collectors include Kelly Clarkson, Graeme Hart, Sonia Livingstone, and Charles Harder.


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R Hunt

R Hunt

R Hunt, a renowned Los Angeles artist celebrated for his captivating acrylic and mixed media artworks on canvas, draws inspiration from a diverse array of influences including Egyptian hieroglyphics, graffiti, and his own personal experiences. His artistic journey has been a testament to his passion for art and the transformative power it holds. Philosophy, mathematics, scientific theory, poetry, and astronomy infuse his works, continually reemerging as recurring themes.

One of Hunt's most striking artistic expressions emerges through his string artworks, which showcase his exceptional skill in creating hyperrealistic portraits. Utilizing only string and nails, he meticulously winds single lengths of black thread around thousands of nails embedded in a white wood panel. The result is a mesmerizing three-dimensional artwork that captivates the senses and brings the subjects to life with remarkable precision.

Hunt's artistic journey has been one of immense success, catapulted by his inaugural sold-out exhibition in Los Angeles in 2016. This triumph served as a catalyst, propelling him onto the international stage and building a devoted base of collectors who eagerly seek out his exhibitions worldwide. With each new creation, Ricky Hunt continues to leave an indelible mark on the art world, inspiring awe and admiration through his masterful technique, profound artistic vision, and unwavering dedication to his craft.

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