(b Chicago, IL, Sept 12, 1935).
African American sculptor. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1948–50), while working part-time in the zoological laboratory of the University of Chicago. In 1953 he encountered the iron sculptures of Julio González at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which inspired him to establish his own sculpture workshop. Hunt’s first works were experiments with assemblages of found objects: broken machine parts and discarded metal from the junk yards of Chicago. Working first in copper and iron, then aluminium and steel, he constructed a series of ‘hybrid figures’, which made reference to human, animal, and plant forms. In the 1960s his work moved from linear and calligraphic structures to more enclosed and monolithic forms, reflecting his growing interest in rock formations and geology. A leading African American sculptor, Hunt received early recognition, and his work was featured in many museum and gallery exhibitions in the USA. His first retrospective, in ...