Slonem continues to experiment with unconventional methodologies and materials which provide the perfect conduit to express his artistic vision as an abstract painter of living things in nature. His newest series, ‘Totems’, is an evolution of ‘Chinensis’, and features whirls of blended colors and heavy brushstrokes amid a fluffle of bunnies. Slonem’s recurring motifs are driven by his spiritual connection to his beloved iconography, which have become ‘totems’ – or emblems- of his practice. These symbolic works are a form of meditation to Slonem, the visual equivalent of his own mantra.
Slonem’s work is deeply rooted in the act of painting. His practice of painting in mutliple layers of oils that bleed into each other through the technique of cross hatching, conveys a sense of movement and verve to the paintings. The multiple, repetitive figures reflect his desire to explore spatial complexity, compression, and density where there is no clear beginning or end. One of the great colorists of his time, Slonem’s idiosyncratic works feature a buoyant and vivid, fauvist palette. Through the application of lavish, lush colors, Slonem’s painterly style continues to be fresh and innovative bordering on Pop Art aesthetics. Deeply concerned with the environment and its preservation, Slonem’s ultimate aim is to paint uplifting and joyful works that illustrates his love for the earth— our “Garden of Eden.”