La Luz

Acrylic on Wood Panel, 18″ x 18″.

La Luz by Josh Hunter

La Luz by Josh Hunter

Ansley’s Piece

Acrylic on Wood Panel, 18″ x 24″, 2015.

Ansley's Piece

 

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The Blue J

Gouache, Ink and Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Paper, 30″ x 30″, 2014.

A little boy finds a dead blue jay. Mesmerized by its beauty, he quietly brings it home to his family’s back porch where he silently site and unfolds each and every wing with childlike awe and perfection ensuring it last moments are not spent alone.

The Blue J. Gouache, Ink and Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Paper. 30" x 30",  Josh Hunter, 2014.

The Blue J. Gouache, Ink and Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Paper. 30″ x 30″, Josh Hunter, 2014.

The Blue J (detail).

The Blue J (detail).

The Blue J (detail).

The Blue J (detail).

The Blue J (detail).

The Blue J (detail).

 

 

 

Steven

Gouache & Acrylic on Wood Panel, 48” x 31”, 2013.

Steven by Josh Hunter

Steven by Josh Hunter

He reminded me of Rip Van Wrinkle with a beard that hinted at last night’s sleep; leaves and crumbs captured in its unkempt beauty. Steven is one of those street men who speaks in poetic epiphanies and alludes to stories so keen with detail that I believe truth is hidden in there somewhere. This particular day I asked what he intended to do with the rest of our overcast, gray afternoon. “Well, let me show you,” he said. Digging deep into a grocery bag, he pulled out a magazine and thumbed through it with practiced care until he found an image of a gorgeous woman lying in a bed of rose petals. Proudly showing me his muse, he proclaimed, “I’m going to write about her.”

Steven

Steven

Sorrow

Oil on 2 Canvases, 30” x 18”, 2012.

Sorrow, oil on 2 canvases. Artwork by Josh Hunter

Sorrow, oil on 2 canvases. Artwork by Josh Hunter

Sorrow (top detail)

Sorrow (top detail)

Sorrow (bottom detail) by Josh Hunter

Sorrow (bottom detail) by Josh Hunter

Sorrow

Sorrow

Loyd

Gouache, Acrylic, Colored Pencil & Sharpie Marker on 2 Wood Panels, 48” x 24”, 2013.

Loyd. Gouache and acrylic on wood panel. Art by Josh Hunter, 2013.

Loyd. Gouache and acrylic on wood panel. Art by Josh Hunter, 2013.

Loyd is the first street recycler I met. Driving from Banker’s Hill to the beach, I passed a man pushing a cart flanked on every side with bags and buckets. I parked my car and walked the few blocks back to him. We talked about life and he introduced me to “canning.”

People haul their trash to the street and Loyd mines for the hidden gems within. It’s not safe, it’s not glorious, but I admired such an unexpected work ethic

Loyd (detail).

Loyd (detail).

Loyd (detail).

Loyd (detail).

Loyd (detail).

Loyd (detail).

Loyd by Josh Hunter, 2013.

Loyd by Josh Hunter, 2013.

James & Jarrett

Oil on Canvas, 60” x 68”, 2012.

James and Jarrett oil on canvas by Josh Hunter

James and Jarrett oil on canvas by Josh Hunter

“How do you gets these carts back down the hills?” I asked

“Why? Want to see me do it?” James called out to me as his buddy Jarrett covered his mouth and began laughing a huge, “Oh man! Oh mannnn! Watch this!”

“Black Magic,” the name James is truly known for, and Jarrett aree masters of the Canning game. Trekking two empty shopping carts up from the base of Downtown to the heights of Banker’s Hill, they ride. Reaching terrifying speeds, they control their overflowing 800-pound chariots back down the steep hills to the Hancock Recycling Center.

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (on the streets).

James and Jarrett (on the streets).