Tony Hunt RI


Tony Hunt, born in Winchester, Hampshire, in 1943, is a distinguished artist and educator with a rich background in art and design. He studied at the Southern College of Art in Southampton and Liverpool Polytechnic. His academic career includes teaching drawing, painting, and illustration at Southampton College of Art and Southampton Institute, culminating in his role as Head of Division, Fine Art and Graphics, at Salisbury College from 1989 until 1996.

Hunt was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) in 1977, where he has held various significant roles, including Honorary Secretary, Exhibitions Secretary, and Vice-President from 2009 to 2016. He has also served as a Trustee and Governor of the Federation of British Artists (FBA).

Renowned for his expertise, Hunt was selected as a judge for the Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition in 2012 and the ‘Art of Watercolour’ World Watercolour Competition in 2014. His work has been exhibited widely in group and solo shows in the UK and internationally, including in the USA, Canada, China, France, Germany, and Greece. He has received multiple accolades, including Southern Arts Awards in 1976, 1984, and 1992, and the RI’s prestigious Winsor & Newton Award in 1999.

The themes in Hunt's paintings predominantly draw from landscapes, particularly the South Downs and the Meon Valley. His images explore aspects of perception and cognitive values, focusing on the relationships between human industry and the environment. Through his work, Hunt engages viewers in a dialogue about the intricate balance between nature and human activity, using his masterful technique in watercolours to create evocative and thought-provoking pieces.