You Are Invited …
The Manolis Projects is excited to debut its latest gallery exhibition of world-renowned and legendary artist Hunt Slonem’s BUNNY PAINTINGS. The global fame of these highly recognized and collectible paintings has earned Slonem the title of “the Andy Warhol of our time.” To inaugurate South Florida’s exclusive home for Hunt Slonem’s iconic works, join Manolis Projects on Sunday, October 3rd, from 11 AM to 2 PM for a BUNNY BRUNCH; unveiling this highly Instagrammable installation of works.
Coinciding with the Little Haiti + Little River Arts District Progressive Art Brunch, collectors, creators, connoisseurs, and critics alike will hop to this colorful enclave of Miami for an artful afternoon experiencing the latest featured artists of the Autumn season.
Make Manolis Projects your first, last, or only stop not only to be the first in Florida to enjoy this rare presentation of Hunt Slonem but to enjoy special bunny-themed chocolate-dipped yogurt pops from g.l.o.w., Bunny Bellinis & Manolis Mimosas, and passed brunch bites by globally acclaimed Chef Lorena Garcia’s Chica.
If being the first in Florida isn’t enticing enough, sweeten your Sunday by entering Manolis Projects’ raffle giveaway to win prizes from the fabulous world of Hunt Slonem's new luxury brand, the Hop-Up Shop. Prizes include a signed copy Slonem’s gorgeous coffee table book BUNNIES, painted tote, gilded water bottle, and porcelain plate, which pair perfectly with a BUNNY PAINTING (available for purchase).
This event is open to the public and all art-loving parties by RSVP only. If you are interested in attending or covering this very exclusive unveiling, please click this link or reply to this email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
So come on down to Manolis Projects Sunday 10/3/21 at 11 AM … we’ll be hoppy to see you!
Hunt Slonem, is an American colorist and figurative painter, best known for his large Neo-Expressionist oil paintings of tropical birds inspired by his personal aviary. His lavishly colored canvases are populated with rows of birds, bunnies, and butterflies rendered with thick brushstrokes.
His earlier works of the birds, bunnies, and butterflies were painted wet-on-wet, hiding the subjects behind crosshatched patterns, creating a blurred effect and emphasizing the painting's tactile qualities. According to The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, “This witty Formalist strategy meshes the creatures into the picture plane and sometimes nearly obliterates them as images, but it also suspends and shrouds them in a dim, atmospheric light that is quite beautiful.” Besides the birds, Slonem also paints repetitions of flowers, bunnies, butterflies, as well as portraits, particularly of Abraham Lincoln.
According to critic John Rothschild, "Slonem's work is deeply rooted in the act of painting. His jarring color choices, spontaneous mark-making, and scratched hatch marks are the result of his ongoing fascination with the manipulation and implementation of paint." His work is known for his use of impasto and texture. The Manolis Projects features a large collection of these earlier works (1972-1987) of birds and butterflies painted in the wet-on-wet style where he explored man's relationship to nature and his own spirituality. This work was a reaction to the earlier Minimalist Movement and is characterized by bold colors.
Slonem has had over 300 one-man shows in galleries and museums internationally. His work is in the permanent collections of over 250 museums- including the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney.
Manolis Projects is Florida's largest working studio and fine art gallery, located in Miami's Lemon City neighborhood. We proudly feature unique paintings, sculptures and collectible limited edition works from over 40 artists from around the world. We focus on modern master’s and contemporary art, bridging the gap between established and emerging artists and collectors. J. Steven Manolis, a leading and critically acclaimed abstract expressionist artist, also paints and displays his own work.
Manolis Projects also hosts the East Coast’s only Artists’ Salon where artists come to exchange ideas and inspire each other and show their work. We curate 3 new shows every year. If you want to see a working studio gallery and what happens behind the scenes, this is the place to visit. The Gallery is open by appointment only; 7 days a week.
J. Steven Manolis is a well-known philanthropist in the Arts, having served as Chairman of the Advisory Board for the National Academy of Design in New York City and on the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Studio Center. Manolis also offers private curation services for collectors, architects, and designers.
“The gallery offers visitors a unique behind-the-scenes view of a working studio + gallery.”
ABOUT THE OWNERS:
Manolis Projects is a family business owned by artist J. Steven Manolis and his wife Myrthia Moore. Additionally, Myrthia’s sons, Jason and Brian are helping to bring Manolis Projects to the next level of service and expertise. We all have different roles.
Steven brings his business expertise and profound knowledge of art history and curation, both as an artist and as the former (1997-2006) Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Academy of Design in New York City. Prior to his Chairmanship, he spent 1987-1997 serving as a Member of the Advisory Board of the National Academy of Design. He also served as a Trustee and Development Director of the Vermont Studio Center, from 2007 until 2016. This is the largest international artist residency program in the United States. He was also a Trustee of the Emily Mason Wolf Kahn Foundation from 2007-2016.
Many of our gallery artists are members of the National Academy of Design (National Academicians.) Additionally, we strive to bring new artists who have the potential of becoming collectible artists. We want to help our clients invest in art they love and that has the potential to appreciate over time.
Myrthia has a background in finance and economics, as well as, having a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also an artist who designs jewelry.
MANOLIS PROJECTS is located at 335 NE 59th Street Miami, Florida 33137, is open 7 days a week, by appointment only.