1968 Born in El Paso, TX,
Babson College, Wellesley, MA
Hunt Rettig was born in El Paso, Tx and currently makes his home in Aspen, Colorado. Rettig's 3-D, mixed-media, wall sculptures are a combination of polyester film infused with synthetic rubber and acrylics that are carefully folded and molded into place behind frosted glass. For Rettig, his works are forms of meditation and the time and precision involved crafting the finished pieces becomes a personal and spiritual journey. The philosophical ideas that drive the action, as he creates his work, often result in something novel and unexpected for the artist. Rettig's works are evocative of highly organic material with occasional gestures of exacting geometry. Sometimes highly saturated color, other times quiet and neutral, Rettig's artworks are at once sensual and contemplative.
Kate McGraw, "Out of a Dream," Journal Santa Fe, August 1, 2008
"Hunt Rettig," American Art Collector, Issue 9, July 2006
Anjali Gupta - "Reviews - Finesilver Gallery," Art Papers, September/October 2004
Jennifer Jankauskas - "Paul Doran, Hunt Rettig and Jason Rognes," Art Lies, Summer 2004
Jim Baker - Director, Anderson Ranch Arts Center- "All About the Arts," KDNK, February 18, 2004
Wolf Schneider - "In High Gear," Southwest Art, April 2004
Michael Paglia - "Artbeat," Westword Weekly, February 5 -11, 2004
Mary Chandler - "T-Rex NEver Looked So Good," Rocky Mountain News, February 6, 2004
Stewart Oksenhorn - "All He Had to Do is Dream," Aspen Times Weekly, December 14, 2003
Press Excerpt: Kate McGraw, "Out of a Dream," Journal Santa Fe, August 1, 2008
Hunt Rettig moved from his emerging-market development firm to become a professional artist on the strength of a dream. It was, he admitted, one strong dream -- the kind that remains with you after you wake up.
Born and raised inEl Paso, Rettig has lived in Aspen, Colorado for 15 hears. Although he was exposed to art as the son of a commercial artist, he never studied it himself. Something, however, kept pulling him toward fine art. Throughout his successful career as an entrepreneur, he always spent any free time during his worked travels on each city's "gallery row"…
His subtle, mixed-media assemblages are difficult to describe, the artist acknowledged. "Process is what I have always been about, doing something no one has done," Rettig said. "Vision is important to me, but craftsmanship also is important."
Rettig's work has been called, "Illusionistic," not because creating illusions is the intent of the artist but because the finished pieces, while actually three-dimensional, look like two-dimensional photographs -- but photographs that are somehow lit from within. There is no lighting involved however.
Jeffery Kuiper of URSA Gallery says, "Appealing in their ambiguity and elusive technical mastery, the works give the illusion of being illuminated from within. The translucent films reveal organic shapes and patterns that suggest movement. The simplicity of appearance and the mysterious nature of Rettig's process make his work simultaneously compelling and beautiful."