Wk12 – Artist Conversation – Mike Kent

20151112_111427This week’s artist is Mike Kent! Kent’s “Sacred & Profane” is held in the Max L. Gatov Gallery East. He is previously study at the CSUN. While at a student, Kent took a few years off to teach and discover his passion with art. He joined the program in CSULB because it is exactly what he was looking for and now he has a art show for us. His two favorite artists are Piero della Francesca and Benvenuto Cellini.

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Most of Kent’s artwork are on a big canvas using oil painting. There is one artwork called “Passages”. For this one, Kent used a 48″ x 60″ paper with charcoal to done it. One of his largest painting took him about four months to complete and other paintings took him around a month to finish. Kent used form, color, space and light as his techniques to demonstrate human’s emotions on his works.

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Kent’s passion of art inspired from his favorite artists and also from other artwork around like street arts. He doesn’t focus on any particular theme for his painting but all of them tie up as a show for human’s emotions during different slices of life. The names of all the artworks in the show are: “The Denunciation”, “Transfiguration”, “Passages”, “Naked Man”, “The Turn”.

During everyday life, you don’t usually see just one emotion. I like how Kent’s paintings didn’t focus on a single person but gave us a bigger view as everyone in the picture is a main character. It is not easy to work on a big canvas and organize all the objects on it.

Kent has mentioned that you can find him at @icon5340.


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