Hunter Speagle About
Born in the Fall of 1982 in Hickory North Carolina. I was the youngest of 4, 1 sister & 2 brothers and always a couple dogs running about. Always stood out in art compared to other things such as football, golf, baseball, snowboarding and skateboarding. With sports as the main interest in the town i then realized that i had a much stronger curiosity & passion to pursue art. In 1998, I received my first formal training by my mentor Joe Lafone, a local NC artist. I developed a vision of color, brush techniques and composition. After entering my first show at the Hickory Museum of Art. I won Best in show and Best painting awards. I began doing commission work which then led me to being known as a local painter. For 3 years I would continue my studies with Joe Lafone until leaving NC to attend Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001 on a portfolio scholarship. I was worried that school would destroy the natural creative process. Sure enough it did change my work after learning many techniques and mediums that i continue to use today. Also learned true dicsiplne and began thinking like an artist. My work split into 2 categories and ultimately fell into place. One consisting of oil paintings and mixed medium paintings on all scales. The other is
large interactive installations that consist of functional sculptural art that are based on ideas of porportion and moment. Executed with large sheets of paper, my hand made life sized pushpins and the world's largest encaustic crayons. With these two styles of work it gave me the opportunity to show my work in 2 seperate forms. Embryo show in 2003. In 2004, Spot 3 show for my large drawings and giant handmade pushpins. In 2005, Savannah College of Art and Design senior show where i displayed my large scale pushpins and drawings displaying propaganda. Later that year graduated with a BFA in painting.
In 2006, Charlotte NC "LARGER THAN LIFE" solo show in the Beet Gallery. Here my work became extremely interactive which involved numerous kids and people of all ages drawing wildly with my enormous handmade crayons on large sheets of paper held by giant pushpins. While others were in a concentrated corner carefully trying to color inside the lines of my huge coloring images. The shows spark of interaction inspired me to continue on this art form. I wanted to affect so many people that i chose to move to New York City to become a famous artist. In 2007, SFOS interaction show in Brooklyn NY similar concept consisting of more propaganda and conceptual imagery. Later the same year participated in "street artist" show at the Katana Rossa Gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Currently living in Greenpoint Brooklyn doing freelance Prop/PA work trying to keep the lights on. Meanwhile painting in a studio and trying to find a way to shine on the giant bulletin board of the art world.
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