Meet our Latest Guest Gift Spotters: Penelope and Hunt, Mastermind and Artist behind the "Hop Up Shop"
With two weeks left until Easter, it's the perfect time to introduce our latest guest gift gift spotters, Hunt and Penelope, two creatives that know a thing or two about bunnies and whimsical spring motifs!
A bit about Hunt...
Hunt Slonem is an American artist best known for his “maximalist” paintings of wildlife exotica —most famously birds, rabbits and butterflies. Drawing inspiration from the spiritual and natural worlds, Slonem repeats these motifs on an epic scale in an act of visual and artistic mantra. Rendered through loose, gestural brushwork, his figures dissolve into rhythmic patterns at the edges of abstraction, creating symphonies of color, line and form across a highly textural canvas. His oeuvre’s meditative qualities are equally matched, by a “remarkable levity... a lightness of being” (Henry Geldzahler, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1996). Slonem has also received critical acclaim for his restorations of national historic monuments, including Gilded Age mansions and Antebellum mansion, which the artist saves from neglect and fills with installations combining his work with collections of 19th century antiques. Slonem has exhibited the world-over and has had over 350 shows, including 20 museum exhibitions.
And now you can own a piece of his collection to adorn places other than just your walls...
The Hunt Slonem Hop Up Shop is the mastermind of gallerist Penelope Kernen. After representing Hunt Slonem’s work in The Peanut Gallery, the contemporary art gallery she owns in Summit, NJ, she realized the wide range appeal of Hunt Slonem’s art and created a curated collection of luxury Hunt Slonem home decor and fashion accessories using the signature motifs of bunnies, birds and butterflies found throughout Hunt’s work. Said Slonem, “I’ve really enjoyed creating this collection -- it’s such a nice extension of what I do. I consider rabbits to be a sign of rebirth, so it’s fitting that the Hop Up Shop is a part of an exciting retail environment after the year we’ve all been through.” The collection includes a wide array of must-have items such as gold-rimmed plates and bowls, portrait plates, high gloss lacquered trays, boxes and coasters. The shop will also feature sateen bed linens, cashmere throws, plush velvet and silk decorative pillows, linen guest towels and table linens, all featuring Hunt’s “exotica” of bunny, bird and butterfly motifs, manufactured in the finest mills all over the world.
While the entire collection of merchandise is available online, the collection is also on display at Bergdorf Goodman through May. For those NYC followers in Midtown this spring, hop up to the 7th floor BG loft space to add a fun spring pit-stop to your day!
Below you will find some of Hunt and Penelope's picks in and outside the Hop Up Shop. Some of these picks are also scattered throughout the site as you browse various gifting permutations!