"If it is within the realm of human evolution, or the whim of the Divine, to allow one individual to possess the gift of a natural sense of design, then Charlie Hunter is certainly the lucky winner. No master of the pure line can surpass what Charlie, almost matter-of-factly, does when he takes pencil in hand." - Richard Schmid, ALLA PRIMA II
Charlie Hunter’s distinctive limited-chroma paintings have won wide renown for their distinct, evocative sense of place. Combining spare, elegant draftsmanship and haunting atmospherics, Hunter’s works evoke both the worlds of Hopper and Kline, Sheeler and Keifer.
After emerging on the national scene in 2012 with a feature in PLEIN AIR, Hunter has quickly leapfrogged to the forefront of that world, routinely winning awards at plein air events around the country.
His work is now appearing with increasing frequency in museums and larger art shows. Collectors include MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Tampa Bay football player Logan Mankins. He has curated the traveling exhibition BOXCARS: RAILROAD IMAGERY IN CONTEMPORARY REALISM, in partnership with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.
Hunter grew up in small-town New Hampshire and Vermont, and often returns to the themes of rural deindustrialization in his work. His studio, appropriately, is in the former mill town of Bellows Falls, Vermont, which provides almost unlimited subject matter, though he is also fond of decrepitude wherever it may be found across America.