|Robert Douglas Hunter|
Robert Douglas Hunter is one of the most distinguished living painters of the famed Boston School. He is primarily known for his serene still life paintings and has been awarded more than thirty national and regional prizes.
Hunter's training began at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, where he graduated with honors in 1949. After graduation, Hunter spent the summer studying with Henry Hensche at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown. It was there that he met the Boston School artist, R.H. Ives Gammell.
The following summer, Hunter was invited to study with Gammell. He accepted the invitation and spent the next five years studying Gammellıs disciplined approach to painting.
Hunter went on to create a signature style of still life painting that is uniquely his own. He designs large, quiet arrangements and paints them at eye level and at life size. Hunter feels painting is creating a new sense of order. "Whether it's an abstraction or a representational painting, you're trying to create something harmonious on a two-dimensional plane."
Hunter has carried on the tradition of the Boston School as an instructor at the Vesper George School from 1950 until its closing in 1983. He also taught at the Worcester Art Museum from 1965 to 1975. Like other Boston School Painters including Tarbell, Benson, Hibbard and Gammell, Hunter has served as President of the Guild of Boston Artists. He is considered by contemporary art historians as another link in a historic unbroken chain of master to pupil teaching that has lasted over 160 years.
Robert Douglas Hunter was a participating artist in the historic exhibition New England Impressions, Painting from Life, hosted by The Attleboro Museum. He lives and maintains a studio in Massachusetts.