At the Junction by Wilson Hunt
As well as brushing paint on in the painting, I scrape paint off, hence the white of the paper showing through. Unlike some of my work, At the Junction, is fairly simple, but follows my theme of finding order in natural forms and colors. I am influenced by abstract expressionist work of painters like Willem de Kooning and many painters who take inspiration from nature.”
Meet the Artist
My introduction to painting was through a fine arts class at Harvard. I audited a survey from the Renaissance to the 20th Century. Sitting in the darkened auditorium and watching the great works of western art was wonderful. He professor delineated the periods and what characterized them and gave us a way of analyzing and describing and seeing. After that I enrolled in a course on 20th Century painting. From there I took my first studio course in Descriptive Drawing at the Carpenter Center at Harvard. After that I was hooked.
My work I describe as being abstract. It is also non-representational and comes out of my imagination. Many works are on paper, which I tape to a painting table sometimes wet the paper and lay down the first strokes of paint one stroke being a response or complement to the one before it. I look to build up a dynamic structure and a strong form.
There are many analogues to music in my process. I have listened to much modern jazz in my life, and my work mirrors the improvisation in jazz. Repeated colors offer a way to produce counterpoint and to build up a structure on the page. I am enamored of color and it is extremely important in my work.
My work, to me, has an organic look, which comes from an appreciation of the sometimes chaotic beauty of nature. Many works resemble landscapes with a sky and a ground. As well as nature, I have been influenced by the history of painting in the 20th Century. Abstract expressionist painters like De Kooning or color painters like Wolf Kahn are inspirational.