Mixed Media, Nails, Thread on Wood
52 x 48 in
132 x 122 cm
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Ricky Hunt creates incredible, photorealistic portraits made by wrapping thread around nails. Just like creating a line drawing without taking the pen off the paper, Hunt uses a single piece of unbroken string for each painting. His work is influenced by Egyptian hieroglyphs, graffiti, and his tumultuous past that led to a paradigm shift in his creative life. The harmony of the composition finds its way through his intricate markings in a cohesive visual landscape. Hidden within artworks are limitless points of interest, constantly revealing new meanings for discovery.
This one-of-a-kind 52 inch high by 48 inch wide artwork of iconic Brigitte Bardot is wired and ready to hang. It is created with one continuous string secured and wrapped around white nails, creating the illusion of depth. The sides of this original artwork are painted and it does not require framing. It is wired and ready to hang. Affordable US and global shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by the 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 a constructed script and unique imagery. Hunt describes his contemporary art and imagery as “chaotic order pouring from the watery depths of my unconscious”.
A brief period of drug addiction in the 1980's 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 Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith 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 works are represented by Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles and have been exhibited at galleries and art fairs internationally, including 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. A brief period of drug addiction in the 1980's, 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". From this foundation grounded in traditional drawing skills, Hunt's work transformed into his current style.
Hunt is inspired by philosophy, mathematics, scientific theory, poetry and astronomy and these themes appear in his work repeatedly. He describes his chosen imagery as, "Chaotic order pouring from the watery depths of my unconscious.”
The unique designs with which he covers each canvas flow from him fluidly, 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.
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