Bryan Hunt

1947 (Terre Haute/Indiana), lives and works in New York.

From 1969 until 1971 he studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1972 he participated in an independent educational programme for students at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In the early 1970s he worked on models of famous architectural landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Hoover Dam and the Chinese wall. 

Around 1976 he turned in a completely different direction. Hunt fell back to landscape elements, e.g. lakes, quarries and frequently the motif of a waterfall – translating them into abstract shapes completely detached from the real original context.

Comparable with the moment of photography his sculptures would capture only a fragmentary moment of what is happening: water appears frozen on site when flowing in cascades over imaginary rock. Taken out of its natural environment, the waterfall is transformed into abstract representation in a moving, energetic way.

In his expressive formal language, Hunt takes on a counter position to the emotional demarcation and impersonal aesthetics of 1970ies minimalism. In 1978 he exhibited at the Guggenheim museum, New York. In 1980 he took part in the Venice Biennial. In 1982 he created the Charioteer sculpture, which today can be seen at the Austrian Sculpture Park. In 2004 the artist received the Design Award from the Art Commission, New York. His success is international; he has exhibited, for instance, in Amsterdam, Tokyo, Boston and Brussels.