THE CHARMING, EASY-TO-DO at home, FOLKLORICO FURNITURE PAINTING HANDICRAFTS OF designer PETER HUNT
Peter Hunt was born Frederick Lowe Schnitzer in a run-down part of Jersey City, N.J. in 1896, the son of immigrants. Hunt began his artistic career in the Bohemian setting of Greenwich Village in New York City. Eventually he settled on Cape Cod in Provincetown. During his second winter in Provincetown, Hunt passed the time by decorating odd bits of cast-off furniture, experimenting with the designs he saw in Europe. The wealthy tourists who docked their yachts at Provincetown in the spring and summer pounced on the colorful pieces, using them to brighten their summer mansions.
Word spread, and soon Macy's and Gimbel's in New York were advertising their own Peter Hunt collections. To keep up with demand, Hunt hired a number of teenagers as apprentices, teaching them to replicate his painting style. Through an advertising campaign, Hunt encouraged Americans to "make old things new" for the war effort by using his decorative techniques, dubbed Transformagic.DUPONT paints realized he'd help them sell PAINT so they signed him up. With DuPont, he wrote a brochure describing how to replicate his angels, flowers and flourishes. National magazines, including Life, House Beautiful, McCall's and Mademoiselle, seized on the idea and published large photo stories. The campaign was so successful; the Transformagic brochure was soon published as a book, "Peter Hunt's Workbook," in 1945 and, later, "Peter Hunt's How-to-do-it Book," 1952. Hunt's popularity waned, but he influenced thousands to give their hand at painting his charming peasant style designs. Today, his work is commanding top dollar at auctions. We are pleases to have many pieces in the exhibition which have never before been on public display.
The art of TYROLEAN FURNITURE painting is one you can easily acquire. The finished furniture is so charming that it always invites admiring comments. Guess what? Any thrift store has the BASIC PLAIN FURNITURE you need to create this charming folk art. THE MAN was just as intriguing and fabulous. ANOTHER, larger BIOGRAPHY of the artist is found by clicking here. The incredible soaring value of his work is covered HERE.
The internet has quite a bit on this artist, who in the 40's, made the COVER OF TIME MAGAZINE back when celebs used to buy his stuff, Helena Rubenstein in particular. Celebs made him a star.
You might be interested in the BOOK "THE SEARCH FOR PETER HUNT" but that's not going to give you his secrets. For that, you need "HOW TO PAINT FURNITURE" by PETER HUNT. You can find it for 7-10$ online at ABE BOOKS.
You'll need soft sable brushes with pointed tips for the 'splashes' and a few broader brushes for the larger shapes, a few crocks of primary color paints. And lots of plain white enamel furniture!
There are other furniture painters that do work similar to older, European pieces.
So don't just pursue the PETER HUNT PRIMITIVE, FOLK ART touch.
Find old furniture, sand it down, enamel it and use it as a canvas for recreating ancient villages, seaports, lovers, maypole dancing and other scenes from the OLD WORLD.
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