“Charlie Hunter has the uncanny ability to seize upon the most ordinary things and transform them with his brush into bewitching jewels of design and artistic perception.” ~ Richard Schmid, November, 2017
“My goal is to paint beautifully that which is not traditionally considered beautiful,” says New England-based artist Charlie Hunter. “Sort of like a less-grotesque Anselm Keifer, in a better mood.” Hunter lives in Bellows Falls, Vermont, a resurgent mill town on the banks of the Connecticut River, where he likes to “paint what nature does to what man creates,” as he explains it.
Hunter grew up in the house that his great, great, great grandfather built in Weathersfield Center, Vermont, where he still makes maple syrup and cider. His father was a printer, so there was always a lot of paper and drawing materials around growing up. In college, Hunter drew the figure frequently, three days a week to be exact, and after college he landed a job designing tour posters for such groups as The Clash, REM, and The Jerry Garcia Band. “I designed a lot of album covers and became a music manager, quitting that just before the music business imploded,” the artist says. “I went back to painting a lot and running music trains (rootsontherails.com). I joined Richard Schmid’s Putney Painters in 2010. Now painting is my primary focus.”
Hunter shows at Illume Gallery of Fine Art (St. George, UT), McLarry Fine Art (Santa Fe), and West Branch Gallery (Stowe, VT), among other galleries.