Charlie Hunter

Charlie Hunter



Charlie Hunter was raised in rural Vermont and graduated cum laude with a BA in Art from Yale University in 1981. He worked as a graphic designer and artist manager in the music industry, creating scores of tour posters for acts such as The Clash, REM, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan and the Jerry Garcia Band and managing acoustic artists such as Chris Smither and Dar Williams. Since 2003, his company, Roots on the Rails, has organized music trains across the US, Mexico and Canada. Now working full time as a painter, Hunter’s work was included in the American Masters show in Manhattan in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and he has won top awards at plein air events around the country.




Charlie utilizes a variety of moderately unorthodox techniques in his art, such as manipulating paint with a window washer’s squeegee or impressing the pattern of paper towels into a painted surface to evoke the halftone screens and benday dots of classic photographic reproduction.  His work plays upon familiar visual tropes that the viewer notes almost subconsciously. Concurrently, the thin, semi-transparent paint film allows quasi-random mark-making to appear almost photographic in detail.  The limited palette, near monochromatic nature of his paintings are analagous to the stripped-down writing approach of a Raymond Carver, attempting to eschew extra aesthetic verbiage for imagery that is pared to sinew and bone.


Notable Collections: 

Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, MA

Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Northampton, MA

Collection of Rachel Maddow and Susan Mikula

Collection of Logan Mankins (

Preservation Trust of Vermont

Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society


Publications: (RECENT)

LANDSCAPES IN OIL, Ken Salaz, Monacelli Press, 2019

SOUTHWEST ART, "10 New Painters", January, 2019

RULE BREAKING LANDSCAPES, Streamline Art Videos, 2019

ARTISTS ON ART, "Landscape Painting or Rotting American Portrait?", January, 2019

ALLA PRIMA II, Richard Schmid, Stove Prairie Press, 2013

2018 PAINTINGS (self), 2019


Exhibitions: (2018)


AMERICAN MASTERS, Salamagundi Club, New York City


Awards: (RECENT)

FORGOTTEN COAST PLEIN AIR, Quick Paint 1st Place, 2018

EN PLEIN AIR TEXAS, 2nd place, 2018

MOUNTAIN MARYLAND PLEIN AIR, 1st place, 2017, 2016

LAGUNA PLEIN AIR , Award of Excellence, 2016

OLMSTED PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL, Sense of the City Award, 2016


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