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.
Goldie is one of my favourite artists and I really enjoy the challange of reproducing his images the last generation of Maoris to have the traditional carved 'Moko' tattoos. If you have a particular subject you're interested in having painted please contact the gallery to discuss your requirements.
Another major interest of mine is still life and these subjects were featured in the "Still Masters' exhibition at Aesthete Gallery in October 2015.
"Ken’s compositions owe much to the classic European still life works of the seventeenth century. These paintings are executed in exquisite detail and using many of the same materials and techniques of those earlier masters. The components of each work have been meticulously rendered giving them a stunning three dimensional appearance."