Says Hunter: "The techniques I use were developed by the Old Masters. After brushing on an adhesive, each small square of metal leaf is individually applied by hand over the entire surface of the canvas. Acid is freely brushed onto the bronze leafed areas. Careful timing is required to control the etching of the acid into the metal surface. Once the acids have been rinsed, I resume painting, controlling the reflective surfaces by the application of opaque and transparent alkyd paints. These painstaking preparations assure that the final work will not deteriorate."
"At the horizon line, sky and water, light and shadow, meet on earth. The placement of the horizon determines the viewer’s position before the scene. By moving in front of the painting and shifting the viewing angle, the spectator can alter the light and the shadow that fall onto the landscape and thereby witness the passage of time through light. Similarly, the changing light in the course of a day dramatically alters the luminosity of the painting."
"Luminosity is the underlying theme in all of my work."
Paul Hunter’s work can be found in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the world. The artist has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries across the USA, Canada, France, German, Japan, and United Arab Emirates, China and in museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Alternative Museum, the Drawing Center, P.S.1, the Montclair Art Museum, the Museum of Princeton University, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Indiana University Museum, the Brauweiler Abbey, Germany, Hammer Rolls-Royce, Cologne Germany, the Quebec Delegation in Paris, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Quebec Museum.
Paul Hunter has received awards from Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artists Space, National Studio Program: PS 1, Institute for Art & Urban Resources, Canada Council and Quebec Arts Fellowship. The artist lives and works in New York City.