Owain Hunt (born, 1994) is a British painter currently based in Bristol, United Kingdom. His paintings contemplate the transience of memory and life. His subjects are the meaningful people and places in his life.
Working observationally from his friends and family, every painting emerges from a shared, fleeting existence. Processed through paint and contorted by fragile memories, these experiences evoke reflective, often melancholic images:
“when someone sits in front of you and you have a conversation with them, something dynamic ultimately emerges; I react to the sitter’s reactions to me, or the subject of conversation, and to my life circumstances. Thus the work is both reflective, and a self-reflection; It is a social commentary, but it is also autobiographical.”
Hunt has exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (2019, 2020), The Royal Society of British Artists (2019, 2020), The Royal Institute of Oil Painters (2019, 2020) and is a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters. His work belongs to private collections in The United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia and the United States.
The third eldest of ten children, Hunt’s path towards becoming a professional artist was unconventional; he honed his practice whilst studying for degrees in Economics and History from the University of Bristol, reading, observing and experimenting between lectures.