Jean Marc Hunt and figurative abstraction
Jean-Marc Hunt was born in 1975 in Strasbourg (France). He grew up in the suburbs, where he got his start in the world of graffiti and rap. He has been living in Guadeloupe for the past fifteen years, where his work is neo-expressionist figurative.
Painter and visual artist, he proceeds by series, accumulation and diversion. When he settled in Guadeloupe, he developed a figurative painting where the act of covering, blurring and preserving colours became characteristic of his painting. With a worn black line, he draws expressive and tormented figures to the point of deforming the bodies. His sculpture is born from a choice of objects and materials that he accumulates in an assembly that is as aesthetic as it is symbolic. His work questions a creolisation of the world.
Regularly invited to group exhibitions and residencies, he likes to venture into installation and monumental sculpture projects. Since 2005, he has also distinguished himself in scenography and exhibition curating, notably with federative projects in the visual arts that he initiates.
In January 2015, he was promoted to the rank of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture and Communication of the French Republic.
"Hunt has tried to reconstruct the initial global chaos from his own colourful perspective. For him, painting is about exposing and building. His position ignores ideology, aesthetic flattery or self-congratulation. His aim is to tell rather than to show. To do this, he chooses means that can be direct, funny, moving and necessarily authentic" - Christian Bracy, art critic.
In 2019, he will participate in the 58th Venice Biennale with the group exhibition Structures personnelles Identités at Palazzo Mora curated by Marcy Gaymu.
This year Paris will see Jean-Marc Hunt's first Solo Show "Tit' Punch Molotov'" in the new 193 Gallery space.