Alan Hunt began painting at the age of eight, when his mother gave him a box of paints to occupy him as he recuperated from an illness. He started off painting birds, which had fascinated him from an early age, but soon moved on to capture the natural world around him on canvas.
First studying art at Middlesbrough Art College, Alan then decided to study zoology at Leeds college and
His first solo exhibition was held in his home town of Redcar North East of England at the age of 18 and since then his original paintings have been shown in museums, galleries and public and private collections worldwide.
Alan has received international acclaim, winning The Society of Animal Artists’ USA Award of Excellence on four occasions and The Wildlife Art Society’s UK Best Artist on Show for three consecutive years. Alan has been the lead artist at five exhibitions in the US and in 1998 was the first non-American to be voted on to the American Wildlife Art Hall Of Fame. In 1999, he was chosen as Artist of the Year for the Florida Wildlife Art Expo.
Alan’s work has also attracted huge interest at major auctions including Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Christie’s and continues to captivate collectors across the World.
Alan still teaches field painting and leads study trips around the world. Recent trips in pursuit of his wildlife reference have taken him to the Masai Mara in Kenya to study the wildebeest migration which Alan says was his best ever trip to Africa, and a trip to Qatar to study the Arabian horse.
Commenting on his painting, Alan says, 'As a wildlife artist and conservationist, I have grave concerns for the environment and believe it needs as much support as I can possibly give, whether financially or as a spokesman. If my son doesn't get to see half the wildlife in his lifetime that I've seen, I will feel very guilty. Rather than become a famous painter / artist I would like to be remembered as someone who tried to make people aware of the need to protect the environment, wildlife and the planet.'
Alan is best known for the diversity of his subject matter. He began painting at the age of eight when his mother gave him a box of paints to occupy him as he recuperated from an illness. His fascination with birds provided excellent material for his first paintings. But he soon moved on to capture the natural world around him on canvas. His paintings of garden birds soon developed into raptors (birds of prey) and then on to mammals of all shapes and sizes.
Alan’s motivation has always been to conserve the world’s wildlife for future generations. Through his art, his mission is to impart some of the love, experience and concern for these animals and to protect the environment and wildlife we share this planet with. Painting the big cats of Africa and Asia has enabled significant fundraising efforts for numerous trusts across these regions.
First studying art at Middlesbrough Art College, Alan then decided to study Zoology at Leeds College and Bristol University. His first solo exhibition at age 18 was held in his home town of Redcar, England. Since then his original paintings have been shown in museums, galleries and public and private collections worldwide. Alan has received international acclaim, winning The Society of Animal Artists’ (USA) Award of Excellence on four occasions and The Wildlife Art Society’s UK Best Artist on Show for three consecutive years. Alan has been the lead artist at five exhibitions in the US and in 1998 was the first non-American to be voted on to the American Wildlife Art Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was chosen as Artist of the Year for the Florida Wildlife Art Expo. Alan’s work has also attracted huge interest at major international auctions including Sotheby’s, Bonham’s and Christie’s and continues to captivate collectors across the World.
ALAN M HUNT WILDLIFE ARTIST UK
Alan M Hunt is widely regarded as one of the best wildlife artist in the world and although hard to comprehend these images on this website do not portray the actual strength and depth of the original paintings. These original wildlife
paintings are truly better than a photograph and Alan manages to capture images of Wildlife that a photo never can.
Some of his work can be viewed in the UK at the Haddon Galleries.
Alan has been painting for over 50 years. In that time, he has captured thousands of images of wildlife from around the world. He has travelled extensively on field trips to destinations such as Madagascar, Alaska, Peru and Antarctica – to name just a few! Alan is a native of the North of England and has studied the fauna of Yorkshire. For the last five years, he has been living in France and has enjoyed getting to know the birds of the mid and southern regions and learning their migratory routes over his backyard.
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In recent years, Alan has stepped away from the exhibition spotlight to explore and develop his style with a particular emphasis on capturing texture, depth and richness. His experiments have yielded feathers, fur and satin of unparalleled realism.
Alan is married to the equestrian artist Judi Kent Pyrah, with whom he has a son, Guy. His step-son Zach Mendelsohn has created an online presence and co-ordinated international exhibitions for Alan during his time in France.
During his career, Alan has exhibited alongside John Seery-Lester, Robert Bateman, David Shepherd, Carl Brenders, Raymond Ching, Brian Jarvi, Kim Donaldson, Andrew Ellis, Terry Isaacs, Steve Winterburn and most of the Top Wildlife artists around the world.
Alan judged the Daily Mail's "Not the Turner Prize" competition at the Mall Galleries, London and the "National Children's Art” Competition also at the Mall Galleries, London.
Some of the most memorable field trips have been Alaska, Yellowstone, Kenya, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Madagascar, Botswana and the Antarctic. His favourite was playing with the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda.
Alan’s passion for conservation has driven many fundraising efforts during his lifetime, raising money through donated artwork and percentage donations from print royalties - Save the North Tees Marshes to having Helped Save the Tigers (over £100,000.00)
Television and Radio Appearances in the UK, USA, Canada, Holland, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.
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Alan has taught field painting to amateurs and professionals on special location trips. The USA, including Alaska, Canada, Spain, Guatemala and UK.
Alan hopes to launch a major fundraising event for urgent protection of the environment for the world's endangered big cats.
Alan M Hunt is one of the World's best Wildlife Artist. His original wildlife paintings and prints adorn the walls of many private collectors around the world. Alan’s interest in conservation and a love of all animals, fauna, wildlife and nature has successfully made him one of the most acclaimed wildlife painters in the world.
Alan’s latest Original Wildlife Paintings are only being shown in a few selected art galleries across the world.
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