“Newel Hunter’s monochrome paintings have been all about gesture for some time. His swirls, drips and bleeds of fluid black acrylic whirl like dervishes against the blank page. Yet, while the artist’s gestures stand only for themselves, his collaboration with the laws of chance results in ambiguous fields of positive and negative space that invite interpretation like the blots of a Rorschach test.”
-- Jake Seniuk, Executive Director, Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
For several years, Newel Hunter painted exclusively in black and white creating singular images that merged spontaneous expression with traces of the disciplined penmanship of calligraphy – a direction for which he received widespread recognition.
Today, Hunter has also emerged as a brilliant colorist, a new-style action painter whose art is suffused with drama and vitality. With a rare level of skill and a complex methodology, he paints with a contrasting muscularity and deliberateness that produces art both vigorous and contemplative.
Hunter moves around his studio with astonishing animation, enlisting paint, raw pigment, dust, detritus and some remarkable tools to embue his surfaces with a highly personal, unconventional character. The result is art impossible to ignore – abstract expressionism that is contemporary, uncontrived … and beautiful.