PAUL HUNTER SPEAGLE



PAUL HUNTER SPEAGLE

United States | B. 1982

Taking inspirations from life, love and religion, Paul Hunter Speagle creates expressive and colorful works that reflect his passions and beliefs. Working across paintings, sculptures as well as interactive and public installations, Speagle is a versatile artist who explores the world through his works. 

Stemming from underground skateboarding, snowboarding, street and comics culture, Speagle’s canvases are filled with intense coloration that heightens a pervasion tension - evoking urban and rural environments of the US while experimenting with internal painterly dynamics around light, brushwork and compositions. Much of his works are inspired by symbolism motifs, Native American totems, outsider folk art, ancient mythologies as well as biblical narratives, commenting on the transcendent of time and the issue of human mortality with his unique and painterly style.

Born and raised in Hickory, North Carolina, Speagle started painting as a young teen and won the Paul Whitener Painting Contest at the age of 12. He gained a scholarship to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where he earned a BFA in painting in 2005 and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2012. In 2018, he had his first museum solo exhibition Walking the Dog, at the Hickory Museum of Art. In recent years, Speagle started exploring the possibilities of public murals. He was commissioned to participate in many mural projects, including the large-scale historical mural, the Miracle of Hickory (2019) and a collaborative mural for Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Speagel is the founder of the artists-led organization ATAC Gallery. The artist currently lives and works in Hickory, North Carolina.


Paul Hunter Speagle擅於使用多種媒介創作,作品包括油畫、雕塑、互動裝置和公共藝術。他的作品色彩繽紛又富表現力,洋溢著生命力、熱情和愛,也帶有個人宗教信仰色彩。

Speagle的作品深受地下滑板、街頭文化和漫畫文化影響,以強烈的色彩表現出美國城鄉之間的張力。他以油彩堆疊成塊面,形成較厚的筆觸,折射出光影的變化,組成構圖。除此以外,他的靈感也來自象徵符號、美國原住民圖騰、非主流民間藝術、遠古神話和聖經故事。Speagle在藝術之中融入這些歷史文化意涵,藉此在浩瀚時空之中尋找人類短暫生命的位置。

Speagle出生並成長於美國北卡羅來納州的希科里,亦現居於此。他自少時已經學習繪畫,更在十二歲時贏得Paul Whitener Painting Contest獎項。二零零五年,他獲取獎學金前往薩凡納藝術設計大學就讀藝術學士,主修繪畫。二零一二年,他於紐約視覺藝術學院獲得藝術碩士學位。二零一八年,Speagle於希科里藝術博物館舉辦首個個人展覽——「Walking the Dog」。近年,他開始探索公共壁畫所蘊含的可能性。他被委託參與不少壁畫計劃,例如二零一九年的大型歷史壁畫「Miracle of Hickory」。同年,他也與其他藝術家一起為巴塞爾藝術展邁阿密海灘展會繪製協作壁畫。除了繪畫,Speagle也創辦了由一個藝術家主導的畫廊——ATAC Gallery。

Museum Belowground

19 Jun - 1 Aug 2021
Belowground
Landmark Atrium, Central, Hong Kong

Art Central 2021

19 - 23 May 2021
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai
HONG KONG