Kent Twitchell: Portraitist

January 1, 2020

Los Angeles has always felt larger than life. Our artists, the film industry, movie and television personalities, our cultural firsts, our scientific, educational and cultural communities, have all played an important role in making Los Angeles a unique and wonderful place to live and work. Few other artists have supported this “larger than life” feeling than muralist Kent Twitchell. Kent’s art can be enjoyed and admired throughout the Los Angeles area and the United States. Kent (born August 17, 1942, Lansing, Michigan) is an American muralist who is most active in Los Angeles. He is most famous for his realistic multi-storied mural portraits.  

 

In the late 1960's he began doing what became known 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.

 

He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the Julius Erving Monument (Dr. J) in Philadelphia and monuments to visual artists including Ed Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd. The LA Chamber Orchestra was also famously painted on three eight-story walls overlooking DTLA’s Harbor Freeway. 

 

It is now possible for those coming either to the Jonathan Art Foundation’s Beach Art Show on Friday, January 17th at the Jonathan Beach Club or Celebration of California dinner and fundraiser on Saturday, March 21st at the Jonathan Town Club to visit with the artist in person and commission an original Twitchell portrait! A percentage of funds received from these commissions will benefit the Jonathan Art Foundation. This is a unique opportunity! Acquiring an original at a low price by such a renowned artist is an opportunity that should not be missed. Collectors and non-collectors alike should not miss this opportunity. If you wish to inquire further, please feel free to contact us at inquiries@jonathanart.org

 

Celebration of California is our signature annual event that raises the funds necessary to continue to maintain and expand our art collection. The funds raised have allowed us this past year to add to our collection at both the Beach facility with Andy Warhol’s Sunset and the Town Club with John Gamble’s Poppies and Lupines.

 

Join us on January 17th or March 21st!

 

 

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