My name is Ken Hunt otherwise known as Lazarus. I have always painted off and on, but in January 1989 I had a serious accident on my harley davidson motorcycle which almost proved fatal. As a consequence I was forced to close my existing business to concentrate solely on painting. With help from several artists, namely A.M.E. Bale Prize Winner Chris Browne, and Paul Hunt, I honed my painting skills, and went full-time in 1991. Concentrating initially on portraiture, I also branched out into copying old masters- originally to understand traditional painting techniques- but later in response to public demand.
I used to only paint to order, and not exhibit in art galleries. I have recently begun to exhibit my paintings and have been overwhelmed with the interest, and sales, of my paintings. One large residence, Balgownie, which has 15 of my works, is open for public viewing. Nearly all of my commissioned work comes from word of mouth, although I have been interviewed several times over the last few years, and some work has come from these articles. My commissioned portraits range from army officers to cabinet ministers to children. I have done some film and TV work, the most significant being four paintings for the Lord of the Rings/ Fellowship of the Ring.
All artwork is done with artist-quality oils. Budget paintings are done on canvas panels. Medium level are painted on stretched canvas, with deluxe quality completed on finest linen. All work is done in my large purpose built studio attached to the rear of my house. Portraits start with a photography session to establish lighting and pose options. Once a pose has been decided on I start on the painting and complete it using a combination of live sittings and photography. The entire process takes approximately one month. Copies take about the same time.
|Me painting a life demonstration of City Missioner Des Britten for the National Portrait Gallery|