Robert Douglas Hunter, a Boston native, is regarded as one of the most important painters of the ÂBoston School. After serving in the Marine Corps, Mr. Hunter enrolled in the Vesper George School of Art, and after his graduation with honors, he remained as instructor until the school closed in 1983. His training as an artist continued with study with Henry Hensche and R.H. Ives Gammell.
Mr. Hunter has won numerous awards and prizes in juried shows. He is listed in WhoÂ's Who in American Art, Prize Winning Art, and Who'Âs Who in the East. In early 2001 the Cape Museum of Fine Art in Dennis, Massachusetts, opened a new gallery wing and named it in Mr. Hunter's honor.
Mr. Hunter grounds his art in careful arrangements of familiar objects in highly sophisticated, complex, and delicate balances of line, texture, and color. He works only from life and only in natural light. Each piece represents a compositional problem that has been solved in its own unique fashion to achieve an unwritten but primary goal: the viewer must be led over the surface of the painting from one point to another without focusing on one spot and by the system of linear patterns and textures and colors that the artist has created. In the final analysis, Mr. Hunter'Âs art is poetic, and his work speaks directly to some inner part of us that seeks always to balance wild beauty with serene order.
The artist'Âs professional memberships inculde the Guild of Boston Artists and the Copley Society of Art with the distinction of Copley Master.