Charlie Hunter was raised in rural Vermont and graduated cum laude with a BA in Art from Yale University in 1981. He worked as a graphic designer and artist manager in the music industry, creating scores of tour posters for acts such as The Clash, REM, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan and the Jerry Garcia Band and managing acoustic artists such as Chris Smither and Dar Williams. Since 2003, his company, Roots on the Rails, has organized music trains across the US, Mexico and Canada. Now working full time as a painter, Hunter’s work was included in the American Masters show in Manhattan in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and he has won top awards at plein air events around the country.
Charlie utilizes a variety of moderately unorthodox techniques in his art, such as manipulating paint with a window washer’s squeegee or impressing the pattern of paper towels into a painted surface to evoke the halftone screens and benday dots of classic photographic reproduction. His work plays upon familiar visual tropes that the viewer notes almost subconsciously. Concurrently, the thin, semi-transparent paint film allows quasi-random mark-making to appear almost photographic in detail. The limited palette, near monochromatic nature of his paintings are analagous to the stripped-down writing approach of a Raymond Carver, attempting to eschew extra aesthetic verbiage for imagery that is pared to sinew and bone.
Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, New Haven, CT