Untitled No. 9, 1985 signed with initials and dated 'RH / 85' verso synthetic polymer paint on plywood 122 x 244cm (48 1/16 x 96 1/16in).
PROVENANCE: Purchased from Pinacotheca, Melbourne in June 1985
EXHIBITED: Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne, 1985
In 1975 Robert Hunter, alongside Sol LeWitt, received the rare, and somewhat dubious honour, of being slammed by American journalist Tom Wolfe in his notorious book of art "criticism" The Painted Word. Wolfe was dismissive of most of what was described as Minimalist art, which is how much of Hunter's art has been described. But, as this work from 1985 clearly attests, Robert Hunter's work is far from minimalist at all; indeed with its intricate patterning and subtle gradations of tone, Hunter's later works border on the maximalist intense explorations that exude an emotional intensity. Hunter spent his formative years living and working in New York City before returning to Melbourne and holding his first solo exhibition in 1968. That same year he was included in the massively influential group show The Field at the National Gallery of Victoria alongside such artists as Peter Booth and Robert Jacks and three years later represented Australia at the Second Indian Triennale, New Delhi and soon after holding solo shows in New York, London and Dusseldorf. Throughout his long and illustrious career Hunter's work has never stopped shifting and evolving. While maintaining his signature style he has added layers of complexity and gentle hints of colour, creating mesmerising labyrinths of contemplation.
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