Paul Hunter Speagle


United States  |  B. 1982

Represented by JPS Gallery, Central, Hong Kong

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. Speagle is the founder of the artists-led organization ATAC Gallery. The artist currently lives and works in Hickory, North Carolina. 


Master of Fine Arts (2012)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Paintings


  • BELOWGROUND MUSEUM with JPS GALLERY, Landmark Hong Kong (2021)
  • Art Central Hong Kong 2021 with JPS GALLERY , Central, Hong Kong (2021)
  • Paul Hunter Speagle 2020 FLOWERS ATAC ART GALLERY, Hickory, NC (2020)
  • Paul Hunter Speagle 2020 LANDSCAPES ATAC ART GALLERY, Hickory, NC (2020)
  • Paul Hunter Speagle ALLA PRIMA Retrospective ATAC ART GALLERY, Hickory, NC (2020)
  • Earth Wars solo show ATAC ART GALLERY Hickory , NC (2020)
  • Paul Hunter Speagle spring fashion line 2020 ATAC ART GALLERY Hickory, NC (2020)
  • “Hunter Speagle” solo show ATAC ART GALLERY Hickory, NC (2020)
  • “Seeing Light, How Creativity Happens” group show Hickory Museum of Art Hickory, NC (2019-2020)
  • Art Basel Miami Wynwood Mural Fest Miami , FL (2019)
  • Miracle Of Hickory Mural Hickory, NC (2019)
  • “Hunter”solo show Cafe Gouda Hickory, NC (2019)
  • “Spray Down” at North by Northwest Hickory, NC (2019)
  • “Pop Up Hunter” Hickory, NC (2019)
  • “F.A.R.M” group show at ALFA curated by Stephen Brooks Hickory, NC (2019)
  • ART SALON CLT spring group show Charlotte, NC (2019)
  • ART SALON CLT Fall group show at Peyton Hosetler estate:Charlotte, NC (2017)
  • “Walking The Dog”solo show Museum of Art Hickory, NC (2018)
  • “Mint Condition” group show at ATAC STUDIO Hickory, NC (2017)
  • Downtown Hickory Art Crawl Hickory, NC (2016)
  • “Wet Paint” All About Art Gallery group show Bald Head Island, NC (2014-2015)
  • “See. Me” Online group show Art Basel, Miami, FL (2014)
  • “Dj for a Cure” group show. Hotel Mondrian Manhattan, NY, (2014)
  • Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC (2013) – Purchased a Painting for Permanent Collection
  • “Its in the Cards” group show Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery Manhattan, NY (2013)
  • Ready Set group show Brooklyn, NY (2013)
  • “From a little Help From our Friends” group show Hickory Museum of Art Hickory, NC (2013)
  • “239 Days” Allegra La Viola Gallery group show Curated by Stephen Maine New York, NY (2013)
  • Greenpoint Gallery Salon group juried show Brooklyn, NY (2013)
  • “Small Small Gallery” group show Curated by Hennessy Youngman and Marilyn Minter Manhattan, NY (2012)
  • Greenpoint Gallery Salon group juried show Brooklyn, NY (2012)
  • Hickory Art Crawl Warehouse 2120 Hickory, NC (2012)
  • “Brooklyn Go Open Studios” Brooklyn, NY (2012)
  • “Social” SVA Gallery group show Curated by Richard Brooks New York, NY (2012)
  • “Every Once Sometimes Now” SVA Gallery group show Curated by Ron Segev Assistant Curator Richard Goldstein New York, NY (2012)
  • School of Visual Arts Spring Open Studios New York, NY (2012)
  • “Pulse” at the Invisible Dog Art Gallery group show Curated by Brian Whitely Brooklyn, NY (2012)
  • School of Visual Arts Open Studios New York, NY (2011)
  • “They Call Me A Dreamer” solo show Sampson Art Council Clinton, NC (2011)
  • School Of Visual Arts Open Studios New York, NY (2010)
  • Woods Gallery Group Show Bald Head Island, NC (2009 – 2011)
  • Cosi Fan Tutti Theatre Set Paintin, New York, NY (2010)
  • “Carolinas Got Art” Juried Show Charlotte, NC (2010)
  • Union Square Street ARTIST New York, NY (2007-2009)
  • “Street Art Callejeros” Giatana Rosa Gallery group show Brooklyn, NY (2007)
  • “SOS” Brooklyn Studios group show Brooklyn, NY (2007)
  • Michael on 4th Collection group Show Hickory, NC (2007)
  • “Enlightenment for the ages” group show Hickory High School, Lenoir Rhyne College Hickory, NC (2007)
  • Thomasville Furniture, Boyles Furniture, Charlotte, NC (2007)
  • Exclusive paintings for upscale Showroom, High Point, NC (2006 – 2007)
  • Savannah College of Art and Design thesis show (2005-2006)
  • “Larger Than Life” Beet Gallery solo show Charlotte, NC (2006)
  • Hickory Museum of Art Group Show, Hickory, NC (2005)
  • “Spot Three” Savannah Gallery group show Savannah, GA (2004)
  • “Autumn Leaves” Carlton Gallery group show Boone, NC (2002 – 2004)
  • ATAC launch U.S.A (2004)
  • “Embreo”. group show Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA (2003)
  • Best in show Hickory Museum of Art Juried Show Hickory, NC (1998)
  • Best in show Paul Whitener Contest Juried Show Hickory, NC (1990)


  • Foothills Digest Magazine spring issue page. 129, 2020
  • WHKY Hickory, NC February 18, 2020 “ Walking the Dog”
  • Street Circle Drive, June 15, 2020 “Hunter Speagle, ATAC GALLERY”
  • HDR Saturday, December 28, 2019 front page article “Newsmakers of 2019”
  • WHKY Hickory,NC, October 25, 2019 “Commemorations held for Miracle of Hickory”
  • HDR Sunday, October 13, 2019 page 1D “Polio polio mural near completion”
  • Focus Newspaper September 5, 2019 “ How Creativity Happens”
  • HDR Thursday, June 20, 2019 front page “Polio mural vote leads resident to express her dissatisfaction with city council”
  • HDR Sunday, June 9, 2019 page 5A “Mural”
  • HDR Saturday Saturday, May 25, 2019 “Where should Miracle of Hickory mural go”
  • First Talk with Hal Rowe radio talk show Hickory, NC May 16 2019
  • Dukes Mayonnaise 100th year anniversary book page 21, 2018
  • WHKY Hickory, NC June 1st, 2018 “ Walking the Dog”
  • HDR Monday, May 14, 2018 front page “Notable neighbor Hunter Speagle”
  • Foothills Digest Magazine spring issue page. 50-52 2018
  • HDR Thursday September 22, 2016 page 5A “Art crawl” NY
  • Art Slant listed on website as emerging artist Brooklyn ,ny 2013 – 2014
  • Hampton’s Art HUB January 4, 2013 “SVA MFA’s post graduation show, 239 days”
  • The Ballast NYC January 3, 2013 “239 DAYS SVA MFA Show”
  • July 7, 2012 “Social”
  • The New York Magazine April, 20 by Carl Swanson 2012 “How to Make It In The Art World, Pretend You’re an Outsider Even When You’re at the Center of Everything”
  • January, 13, 2012 “Every Once Sometimes Now”
  • Fayetteville Observer Monday, June 27, 2011 “Clintons Historic Doctor House Home to the Arts”
  • The Sampson independent Tuesday, June 28, 2011 page A “Artist brings city life to Clinton through paintings in exhibit”
  • Sampson Weekly Thursday June ,30 2011 “Hunter Speagle They Call Me A Dreamer”
  • The Voice Brooklyn, NY, September 14, 2007 “Giatana Rosa Gallery Callejeros”
  • Creative Loafing Charlotte, NC, Thursday, August 2006 Arts section “Larger Than Life”
  • Mountain Times Thursday, September 2002 “Autumn Leaves at Carlton Gallery”
  • HDR Friday, May 20, 2000 “Best in show”


  • The Sampson Art Council in Clinton, NC (2011)
  • Paint Bald Head/Artist Residency BHI, NC (2014)


  • Guest Lecturer at Grandview middle school Hickory, NC (2020)
  • Guest lecturer at Hickory Museum of Art Hickory, NC (2019)
  • Guest lecture at Enlightened Arts Summer Camp Hickory, NC (2006 – 2012)
  • Guest Lecturer for Hickory Christian Academy Hickory, NC (2006-2010)
  • Guest Lenoir Rhyne University Hickory, NC (2014-2016)
  • Guest lecturer for The Sampson Art Council in Clinton, NC (2011)


  • Awarded The innovative Artist Project Grant Catawba County, NC (2019)
  • Awarded The Regional Artists Project Grant Catawba County, NC (2018)
  • Awarded the Innovative Artist Grant for Catawba County, NC (2018)
  • Awarded Addy Winner 2015 with Tim Laxton and Ready Set ATL Atlanta, GA (2014-2015)
  • Awarded the Marian Edna Efna Portfolio Scholarship (2001)
  • Best in Show, Hickory Museum of Art Juried Show Hickory, NC (1998)
  • 1st place winner in the Paul Whitney contest in North Carolina (1990)