My watercolor of Sayuri is featured in the portrait section of Splash 18: Celebrating Light and Dark. This is the latest edition of the Splash series of books published by North Light Books annually. The book showcases the work of 130 "modern day masters" from around the globe. I have been very fortunate to have had my work featured in the Splash books from the previous two years, as well.
Toxic Beauty II received the Watercolor Society of Alabama Award in the 68th Annual National Exhibition of the Texas Watercolor Society from the juror, Soon Warren. The TWS Exhibition is being held at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts in Denton until late August.
A full page reproduction of my portrait of Sayuri was featured in the June issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. The article "Fabulous Faces" by Rachel Rubin Wolf promotes the latest edition of a popular anthology of contemporary watercolors scheduled to be published in July by North Light Books.
Portraits and Figures will be presented by the National Watercolor Society at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, California from Feb 2-April 19. I was invited by the NWS Exhibitions Director and the Muckenthaler Museum's Curator to include two paintings from my Fish Tales series for this national exhibition; Toxic Beauty and Fish Tales II.
Seeing Red was the recipient of the Irma Attridge Award in the 2015 National Watercolor Society Members Exhibition held at the NWS Gallery in San Pedro, California until July 31. Hunter was one of seven artists selected for awards from over 500 entries.
Catch and Release: FT IV received a Watercolor USA Honor Society Award of Excellence in Watercolor USA 2015. This national exhibition celebrates contemporary watermedia and runs from June 6 until August 23 at the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri. The photo below was taken after the crowd had thinned at the exhibition reception. The Springfield Art Museum is an expansive facility that historically collects and supports contemporary watermedia as part of its mission.
Fish Tales III received the award for Third Place in the Georgia Watercolor Society 2015 National Exhibition held at the Oglethorpe Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia from March 14th to April 30th. Lance's painting is featured on the GWS website.
Seeing Red was featured on the cover of the April issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. Lance's painting received an Honorable Mention in the publication's 6th Annual Watermedia Showcase in addition to being selected for the cover. The Watermedia Showcase is an international competition with the top paintings selected from five different countries.
The Winter 2015 edition of Oklahoma Humanities magazine featured three of Lance's paintings. The editor, Carla Walker chose Oblivion's Wake, Beneath the Surface and Fish Tales II to accompany an essay on contemporary female poets by Jessica Glover.
Catch and Release: FT IV was one of seven paintings by Lance Hunter included in "Art of the Matter" a feature on the artist in the Winter issue of Green Country Living magazine. The magazine showcases homes in the northeastern Oklahoma region.
A Touch of Blue was showcased in an article in the February 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. The article titled "The Best Art of 2014" featured the Best in Show winners from a selection of the top national and international watercolor exhibitions in the United States from that year. Hunter's painting was included as the recipient of the top award in the Missouri Watercolor International Exhibition. The magazine article included a high quality reproduction of the painting of Danielle and an interview of the artist. Iain Stewart, an award winning artist in international exhibitions and signature member of the NWS was the juror for the MWS exhibition.
The following is the juror's quote Stewart made about Lance's watercolor for the magazine article:
"I first saw A Touch of Blue from 20 or 30 feet away, and as I approached I was drawn in-not just by the strength of the color of the scarf set against a neutral background, but by the very subtle and painterly aspects of the areas of low contrast. Lance displays all the criteria I use in my deliberations as a juror: his decision to complement the blue of the scarf in the skin tones; the way the piece works both as a realist painting and on an abstract level; his choices concerning areas of high contrast and how they direst the viewer through the painting; his obvious technical skills; the intangible qualities that draw one into the piece; and the story it tells. this work presents a strong sense of serenity and the real non-enhanced beauty of the human form. The choice of pose and expression, set off by tremendous areas of color only heightens the sensation." Iain Stewart
Lance Hunter was profiled in Art Focus: Oklahoma in the November/December issue. The magazine is published bi-monthly from Oklahoma City by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Council. The article, Lance Hunter's Luminous Color by Renee Fite featured three of Lance's paintings including "Octopi", the oil painting shown above that was showcased on the magazine's table of contents. The magazine and article can be accessed online and printed copies are available at museums and OVAC member galleries throughout the state.
Brad Smith Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico started exhibiting Lance's work in oils and watercolors this week. The gallery is located on the scenic gallery row in Santa Fe at 634 Canyon Road. The Brad Smith Gallery is currently featuring "Clair", a 30x15" oil painting that was previously published in American Art Collector magazine.
Net Worth, a watercolor painting of a Greek Cypriot fisherman by Hunter, received the Best in Show award in the KEYSTONE NATIONAL 2014: Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. The show will run from September 12th to October 14th at the Art Center Gallery in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
Cricket is one of two paintings by Lance Hunter chosen to be featured in Splash 16: Exploring Textures to be published by North Light Books. This anthology of contemporary watercolors will be the latest edition in this popular series by North Light. The book is scheduled to be released in bookstores in 2015.
Iris was selected from hundreds of entries from six countries and 29 states for the 44th International Exhibition of the Louisiana Watercolor Society. The exhibition runs from May 2-25th at the Garden District Gallery in New Orleans.
Net Worth received the Southern Watercolor Society Award in the Georgia Watercolor Society XXXV National Exhibition held at the Carrolton Cultural Arts Center from March 7 through April 24, 2014.
Lance received the Award of Excellence, the highest award presented in the Watercolor Missouri International Exhibition 2014. The exhibition is being held April 1-May 16th at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri.
Fish Tales II by Lance Hunter was selected for the 147th International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society in New York City. The exhibition runs from April 1-20th at the Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. This selection marks the third time Hunter's work was chosen for the highly competitive, AWS annual exhibition. This qualified the artist to be considered for the honor of Signature Membership with AWS, which he received.