Collection: Michael G. Kent

MICHAEL KENT, PAINTER
Michael Kent was barely old enough to stand when his
father set him up with a brush, tubes, a palette, and
paper, and said: "Paint!" Despite the occasional foray into
other realms, Kent has complied ever since.
Born in France in a family of New World expatriates,
he studied art there and in Brunswick, Maine where he
perfected his sense of color and draftsmanship. It was
however a couple of photography classes, taught by John
McKee, which were to have the greatest influence on his
sense of composition and subject matter.
A parsimonious exhibitor, he has nonetheless shown
his works in Rockport, Massachusetts, Georgetown's
defunct Biograph Theater, the A-Salon Gallery, Del Ray
Artisans, M.O.C.A., at the Alliance Française of
Washington, the bookstore Chapters, and the perennial
Artomatic. His works can be found in private collection on
three continents.
Kent perceives himself as a twentieth/twenty-7rst
century realist in the American tradition somewhat
influenced by Hopper and The Ashcan School--who
themselves claimed to be the heirs of Honoré Daumier.
In his work, which re)ect a taste for travel, he
attempts to describe, squeeze out the mystery of
everyday life, showing compassion for the characters and
their settings. Light and atmosphere play an important
role in works which sway between realism and surrealism
at times laced with humor.
A Washingtonian for over 30 years, Kent has also illustrated his three semi-autobiographical novels: The Big Jiggety, Pop the Plug and All of the Night. On weekends, other than explore the world on foot, bicycle or automobile, or face the easel, he sometimes plays guitar with a couple of friends.
"I perceive himself as a twentieth/twenty-first century
realist in the American tradition, somewhat influenced by Hopper
and The Ashcan School--many of whose members claimed to be the
heirs of Honoré Daumier.
My work reflects a taste for travel and strong narrative,
beyond the obvious and the traditionally pretty--I cannot help
not telling a story, plunging into history. I attempt to
describe, squeeze out the secrets of everyday life, showing on
one hand compassion for the characters and their settings, on the
other a sense of mystery, of what lurks behind and beyond. Light
and atmosphere play an important role in works which sway between
realism and surrealism at times laced with humor."
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  • Gare du Nord
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