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 Jim Huntington  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/New York/Indiana      Known for: large-scale abstract granite sculpture

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The following biography, submitted January 2006, is from the artist.


Many times, I feel the essential energy that brings a sculpture into being flows not from me but through me.  I accept a lot on faith: the faith that this endeavor is basic and necessary to the greater human enterprise: that art can be a repository of ineffable spiritual values. 

Humans' first impulse to beauty, the first act of aesthetic consciousness, was the selection and collection of "special" rocks or pebbles; these collections have been found in caves predating mimetic or symbolic cave art. 

My engagement with the materials is a dialogue of two natures: that of the material and my intuitional sense of touch, drawing and my vision of beauty.  I work not merely willfully but allow the potential unique to each material to speak as well, to let their nuances prevail. Whether by hand or by collaboration with craftsmen in fabrication, I act in concert with that dialogue.  Drawing in its widest sense, plays a major role in how I act. 

The ultimate challenge is to articulate and transform the materials and to claim space in such a way that all the elements maintain their integrity yet transcend their inherent identity to cohere into a presence imbued with autonomous life, manifest as a metaphor of human feelings, reveries and aspirations.

This is a trace of my encounter in the world, focused and embodied in formal plastic terms: it is my affirmation of the boundless human spirit and the mystery of existence.

I believe that, as the result of some genetic mystery, certain of us have an inherent predilection for a specific activity in life. It has always seemed inevitable to me that I be an artist.
 
At the time I was born, my father was a blue collar worker in a factory and over the years worked his way up to a white collar job.  By both example and instruction he taught me respect for the simple, basic values of our midwestern community - hard work, integrity and dignity. He gave me a sense of my own worth and the courage to act. I believe that inspiration, diligence and perseverance will ultimately get me what I want.
 
In my earliest consciousness, I remember having a sense of infinite possibility ... to dream, to become, and though I've always been a dreamer, the pragmatism of the puritan work ethic has been my tether to the earth. Over the years, I've grown to deeply appreciate and understand the values that were imbued in me at an early age and to feel them as a source of sustaining strength in pursuing my vision as an artist.

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Jim Huntington was born in Indiana in 1941.  He attended the State University in Bloomington, Indiana, then El Camino College in California in the late 1950s.  Huntington was awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships as well as grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.  A number of his one-person exhibitions were held in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.
 
After living many years in New York, Huntingon moved to Coupland, Texas in 1994 where he continues to reside and work.  With the help of a few friends and neighbors, Huntington maintains the Huntington Sculpture Foundation, a trust that the artist set up to preserve his work. The Foundation features small sculptures inside his studio workshop and dozens of large sculptures on the acreage surrounding the workshop.
 
Huntington’s work is held in numerous museums, and in private and public collections of such institutions as: Power Institute of Contemporary Art in Australia, Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, Scripps College in California, Boston Public Library, Storm King Center in New York, the Noguchi Sculpture Garden in Costa Mesa, California, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
 
 
Sources include:
1. Grounds for Sculpture; http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/
2. Community Impact Newspaper, May 8, 2009: http://impactnews.com/central-austin/
3. Huntington Sculpture Foundation; huntingtonsculpture.org
4. Texas Monthly, July 2009; texasmonthly.com/2009-07-01
 
 Written and submitted by Robert E. Burns, art researcher and collector.

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