Biography of Alexis Hunter
Alexis Hunter was born in 1948 in New Zealand. She obtained an honours degree in painting and History of Art and Architecure at the Elam School of Fine Art in 1969. After travelling around Australia for a year she joined the Women's Workshop of the Artists Union in London whilst working in commercial film and animation. During the eighties she became Visiting Lecturer at the School of Visual Arts, New York and Byam Shaw in London, then Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Houston, Texas. Hunter has curated various exhibitions on painting and politics. Using London as her base, she works and shows internationally, including regular exhibitions at the Whitespace Gallery, New Zealand. The London Gallery Richard Saltoun is currently showing her conceptual feminist artworks at art fairs in London and New York
The Narrative Sequences were devised as an intervention in the women's
art movement of the seventies and at the time was shown at the Hayward,
the ICA and the Sydney Biennale and various European museums. Since the
renewed interest in the work it has been shown in 'Live in Your Head:
Concept and Experiment in Britain' at the Whitechapel Gallery, London;
'Work' at Taxi Palais, Innsbruck; 'WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution'
at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Lynda Morris of the Norwich
Gallery has curated a large exhibition of this sequential work 'Alexis
Hunter: Radical Feminism in the 1970s', which has travelled to Bunkier
Sztuki, Kracow, Poland. The appreciation of Hunter's photographic narratives
has led her to embark on a new series of artworks exploring the complex
relationship between film, photography and painting.
"Alexis Hunter is one
of the most important representatives of the engaged feminist art. She
contributed to creating a movement in art, which imposed female artistic
point of reference through image and, the way of presentation. Her works
are deeply rooted in political context. They form a critical analysis
of masculinized culture." Olenka Nowak, writer,
Poland, June 2007.
Sophie Slade, Curator