Lansing, Michigan, 1942
US Air Force 1960-65 (Illustrator)
MFA Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles, 1977
BA California State University, Los Angeles, 1972
AA East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA 1968
After working during the early '60s as an Air Force artist in London,
Kent Twitchell moved to Los Angeles in 1966 and began doing what he refers
to as "Street Art." His ambitious series of murals, "Monuments to American
Cultural Heroes," started in 1971 with "Steve McQueen Monument" near downtown
LA and "Strother Martin Monument" in Hollywood.
In 1973 Kent painted a five-story "Bride & Groom" followed by "Old Woman of the Hollywood Freeway." He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the "Julius Erving Monument" in Philadelphia; monuments to visual artists Edward Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd; and the LA Chamber Orchestra on three nine-story walls overlooking the downtown freeway. Kent recently painted a dual public monument to Will Rogers in San Bernardino and is planning monuments to Charlton Heston in Hollywood, Johnny Cash in Nashville, John F. Kennedy in Berlin and a few surprises. His murals, studio paintings and drawings most often depict a lone figure standing and looking straight out at the viewer.
Selected Public Murals
Selected Bibliography - Part 1
- Part 2
Selected One Person Exhibitions