Robert Douglas Hunter (1928 – 2014)
Robert Douglas Hunter (1928- 2014), one of the most important of the “Boston School” painters, places his art in careful arrangements of familiar objects in highly sophisticated, complex, and delicate balances of line, texture, and color. Hunter works only from life, and only in natural light. Each piece represents a compositional problem which has been worked out in its own unique fashion to achieve an unwritten but primary goal: the viewer must always be led over the surface of a painting from one point to another, never frozen to a spot, by the system of linear patterns and textures and colors which the artists has created. In the last analysis, Robert Dougals Hunter is a poet, and his paintings speak directly to some inner part of us which seeks always to balance wild beauty with serene order.
Born in Boston in 1928, Hunter served in the Marines before entering the Vesper George School of Art, After graduating with honors, he became an instructor at this fine Boston school from 1950 until its closing in 1983. He also taught at the Worchester Art Museum from 1965 to 1975. Hunter’s own training was continued with Henry Henshe, and more importantly, with R. H. Ives Gammell from 1950 to 1955.
Robert Douglas Hunter has won more than thirty regional and national prizes, including the first John Singleton Copley Award (1960) and a string of fourteen Richard Mitton Gold Medals from the Jordan Marsh Annual Shows of New England Artists. He was the first recipient of the Copley Medallion (1988); and was the 1989 winner of the Guild of Boston Artists Award. Hunter was featured in a major article in American Artist magazine in the September, 1990 issue, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Prize Winning Art, and Who’s Who in the East.