My Artwork

A PORTRAIT IN BLUE (CAUGHT IN BETWEEN), 2010 A FALLING THROUGH, 2010 STILLNESS IN DREAMS, 2010 THE FERRYMAN, 2010 A BLENDING OF ALL THAT YOU ARE,  WITH ALL THAT I AM, 2010 THE CYCLIC NATURE OF LIFE, AS EXPRESSED BY A SUNFLOWER, 2010 STANDING AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, 2010 EVERYTHING I WAS, AM & HOPE TO BE, CONDENSED INTO 78 LINES, 2010 BEING LOVE, 2010 THE VULNERABILITY OF NATURE IN THE HANDS OF MAN, 2010 Satori: The Path To Enlightenment River Hunt - The Winter of Discontent (2008) River Hunt - Peace (2009) River Hunt - Logic is Always a Step Behind Nature (2009) River Hunt - Scream (2007) River Hunt - Pierrot The Clown (2006) River Hunt - Portrait Triptych (centre panel 2006) River Hunt - Untitled (2005) River Hunt - Untitled (2005) River Hunt - Figures (2004)

Landscapes of the Mind

I dream of lanscapes, constructed in non-geometrical form. Shapes made of feeling and emotion, surfaces with the texture of hope.

I wander lost yet reassured, falling through the incomprehensible vastness of infinite possibility, a silent witness to the collective image stream. Light illuminates the hidden, reflecting identity from every conceivable point to every perceptional position. I am fragmented, yet I am. Energy manifested in the form of mass and other indescribable elements, integrating and becoming the ever-changing landscape.

Am I still the person that started this journey so many years ago? I rather hope that I have been renewed beyond mathematical calculation, standing anew each moment to face a landscape that teems with possibility and above all hope. A landscape of the mind.

 

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EVERYTHING I WAS, AM & HOPE TO BE, CONDENSED INTO 78 LINES, 2010

River Hunt
UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
www.riverhunt.org

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Reflections On Identity

The creative mind creates art, which rejoices in the abandonment of the fixed, yet the mind itself is created from the fixed. The pattern, the sequence, the order.

Glory is not of the fixed, but in the embrace of error. The re-patterning to something new and untested. We are here because the universe has the exact set of physical rules to allow us to evolve, yet we evolve through adaption and difference. This synergy of rules and disorder that we weave in the creation of artwork, can also be seen as an expression of our identity. The conflicted nature of personality, our simultaneous need for certainty and uncertainty, laying the foundation for us to embrace creative pursuits.

By letting go of our need to predict events, or our next brush stroke or word, we can begin to appreciate the vast resources of our subconscious minds. When we dream we visually construct stories from interconnected symbols, rather than everyday perception. Symbols that we associate based on feeling or meaning, rather than consciously learned physical rules (a tree as history, rather than shade).

Throughout my work on Identity in art, I’ve tried to understand this fine relationship between our unfiltered sub-conscious symbols, and the resulting conscious led output. Exercises such as my ‘Identity Mind Field‘ have helped to navigate this potential, as well as external resources such as Win Wenger’s Project Renaissance.

Ultimately, we are questioning what it is to be a creative individual. To take inspiration from our external environment, filter and process it according to the complex rules that we have built-up over our lifetime, and finally create something new from these strands.

River Hunt
UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
www.riverhunt.org

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Photography: Winter II Series

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River Hunt
UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
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Photography: Winter (rest) Series

Here are a few photographs from my ‘Winter (rest)’ series.

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Winter (rest)

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Winter (rest)

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Winter (rest)

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UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
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Digital Art: Immerse Your Soul In Love

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IMMERSE YOUR SOUL IN LOVE (2011), Digital Art

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UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
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Photography: Love (Protect Me From Myself)

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UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
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Photography: ‘Hearts & Flowers’ Diptych

 

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BALANCE (PINK & GOLD), 2011

 

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LOVE (FADE OUT TO STILLNESS), 2011

River Hunt
UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
www.riverhunt.org

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Mind Map Project

Just thought I’d update on a new art project I’m currently working on.

I’ve had quite a bit of interest in my Identity Mind Map of late, from other artists, academics and educational institutions. Really my work on identity started out as a side project to other work, but over the years it’s taken a more central role in my art practice, and I eventually ended up completing an MA on the subject. I guess you could say it’s organically developed.

Anyway, with this in mind I’ve started researching a greatly expanded mind map, which will attempt to explore identity with much more granularity. It’s my intention to create a highly detailed map of identity, in a similar style to my original, but refining each level to create a visually complex & layered ‘web of identity’.

I’ll keep you posted, in the meantime be sure to check out some of my other work in this area, including my ‘Identity Mind Field‘ which is the basis for the next iteration of the identity mind map.

 

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UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
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Thoughts on Identity in Art

I D E N T I T Y. Identity, identify, individual, diverse, divisional, diluted.

My work has focused on areas of Identity over the last several years, of which you will find numerous references throughout this site, taking various perspectives on how art can be seen as a reflection of identity, and indeed how identity can be seen as a reflection of the art we create.

I’ve come to understand that the process of creating art changes the artist in some way. We apply such a focus on externalising our emotion, our inner ‘vision’, that the process of looking actually changes that which we look at- an exorcism of sorts. The externalisation of thought, processed and transformed by our consciousness.

The outcome of the artist is usually for the viewer to feel something, to have a reaction to the work in some way- to disrupt the everyday patterned thinking and lodge a new idea or emotional fingerprint into that person’s experience. To achieve this, the artist must first experience that which they wish to convey, and in reality, experience a graduated array of emotions and thought as the process of creating the work progresses.

The artist ‘feels’ the work is complete at a certain stage, and often must fight logical impulses to keep working. This ‘feeling’, an emotional waypoint, is the critical moment in the works history, and must be listened for and respected if the emotional content and effect is to be conveyed with full, raw intensity.

When I think back to art that has impacted me in some way, I find that there is commonality. The work in question often caught me unaware, or disrupted my chain of thought to such an extent that IT BECAME MY REALITY for a few short moments. This communication is below the ‘logical’ level of the mind and interfaces more directly with our emotions.

Of course not all viewers would be similarly affected, the work instead lies in wait for those predisposed to its message- silently waiting to memetically hatch from its frame, it effectively has an ‘identity’ target market. Our identity, our current focus, our current priorities all affect the response, and often that response will be to walk on by, our minds filters never letting the work past the first stage of awareness. However, from time-to-time a ‘match’ wil be found, and our attention becomes attuned to the work.

Arts effectiveness is in appealing to those core human facets of identity and emotion. Everything we were, are and hope to be reflected back at us as if we are experiencing it for the first time. Identity in art is more than creating art that is personal to the artist- all art is personal to some degree. Our identity provides the ‘environment’ in which the work is created, and perhaps more significantly- defines the audience with whom the work will most intensely resonate.

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UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
www.riverhunt.org

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Dust & Innocence

Dust & Innocence (2010)

Standing waiting for a sign
Our Whispered words
turn to hollow cries
Loves falling from our hands,
washing away with the sands
It doesn’t matter

Seething quietly inside
All the wrongs
replace the rights, hurting
My tortured soul’s bleeding now
This barren field needs no plow
Only tenderness

This life is too special-
to leave without a sound
Better turn these old boots around,
and start fighting-
until the leaves cease to fall
and the rocks upon this wall, crumble
(to dust and innocence)

The loss of love,
it weighs so heavy
on this old heart now
Spent the days counting lies,
chasing shadows in the night.
Will this be forever?

Feeling empty and so cold
a man without a soul,
Wandering lost and so alone
Only Distance
A coronation without a crown,
got me thinking

This life is too special-
to leave without a sound
Better turn these old boots around
and start fighting-
until the leaves cease to fall
and the rocks upon this wall, crumble
(to dust and innocence)

This love’s not over,
This love’s not over,
This love’s not over-

River Hunt
UK Based Artist, Writer & Photographer.
www.riverhunt.org

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