Monday, August 16, 2010

"Scenes from Europe—Summer 2010"

by Michelle Kimberlin, Art Saint Louis Summer 2010 Intern

"Scenes from Europe—Summer 2010"
Grafica Fine Art Gallery, Webster Groves, MO
July 30-August 27, 2010

Every year, students from Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves, Missouri venture abroad with a few faculty in order to experience the language, culture, and last but not least, the fine art of Europe. For the past few summers, these students have been accompanied by Tom Hunt, an art & humanities teacher at Nerinx Hall.

Each time he returns to St. Louis, Mr. Hunt brings back several of his own landscape paintings, capturing some of the most beautiful areas and architecture Europe has to offer. These paintings currently reside in the Grafica Fine Art Gallery in Webster Groves.

Tom Hunt. Florence Red Morning. Oil on Panel.

The subject matter of Mr. Hunt’s recent landscape paintings includes popular scenes such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Arch of Constantine in Rome, as well as scenes along the Seine River. Each work consists of oil paint on a wooden panel. These materials allow the artist to manipulate how the light plays on the surfaces and gives a unique texture to each painting.

Tom Hunt. Coliseum, Rome. Oil on Panel.

The manner in which Hunt paints resembles the techniques used by impressionistic painter Claude Monet. He tends to use noticeable brushstrokes and certainly uses these strokes to create light and reflections on the water. Florence Red Morning, for example, contains strokes that create a clear vision of the Cathedral Duomo, but it is flooded by a wave of red warmth, indicating sunrise.

The show contains 16 of Hunt’s paintings, some of which have been duplicated into prints that are for sale to the public. Most of his paintings are for sale as well, unless otherwise specified. Accompanying Tom Hunt’s work are the paintings of some of the students who were part of his summer painting course. These paintings on the far wall of the gallery and showcase the talent of Nerinx Hall high school students. It was interesting to observe similarities between their work and the work of their mentor, Tom Hunt.

Tom Hunt. Arch of Constantine. Oil on Panel.

It was a treat to see the talents of Mr. Hunt and his students highlighted in this exhibit. Thank you to Lary & Lynn Bozzay of Grafica Fine Art Gallery for their hospitality in regards to this exhibition review.

"Scenes from Europe—Summer 2010" remains on view through August 27. A free closing reception and opportunity to meet artist Tom Hunt will be held on August 27, 2010, from 6-9 p.m. Grafica Fine Art Gallery is located at 7884 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO. 314/961-4020. Gallery hours: M-F 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & Sat. 12-4 p.m.

Michelle Kimberlin is currently wrapping up her Summer 2010 internship with Art Saint Louis. Michelle is about to embark on her senior year at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO where she is an Art History major with a minor in Italian Studies.

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