Born in Michigan, Kent Twitchell as a young man was an Air Force illustrator stationed in London, England.Twitchell pursued his art studies at East Los Angeles College (AA), California State University, Los Angeles (BA); and Otis Art Institute (MFA).

Twitchell is best known in Los Angeles as the City’s premiere muralist. Since the 1970’s his representational murals, studio paintings and drawings most often depict a lone figure standing and looking straight out at the viewer, as can be seen in the Julius Erving Monument (’89), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the 1990’s Twitchell expanded his vision by overlapping or increasing the number of lone figures to create a series of monumental panoramas such as the Monterey Park Library Storybook (interior-’06), Hillside Memorial Park (’06), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (‘93); Los Angeles Marathon (‘90).

Kent Twitchell has painted murals in the Los Angeles basin for the past thirty-five years. Mural series include, "Monuments to American Cultural Heroes," such as Steve McQueen (‘71), Strother Martin (‘71), Lillian Bronson (Freeway Lady-’74), Los Angeles; Will Rodgers (‘00), San Bernandino. "Monuments to Visual Artists," including Ed Ruscha (’87), Jim Morphesis (‘84), Lita Albuquerque (‘84) and Gary Lloyd (‘83).

Selected one person exhibitions include Lizardi/Harp Gallery, Vincent Price Gallery, Koplin Gallery, Westmont College, Biola University, Valparaiso University Art Museum, Loyola Marymount University; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

Twitchell’s media coverage includes television, radio, newspapers, magazines and books: KNBC (ch. 4), KHJ (ch. 9); PBS, KPFK; Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Herald Examiner; Smithsonian, Sunset Magazine, Artweek, Die Zweite Dimention (Germany), Newsweek, Arts & Architecture, American West; NHK Arte (France). His works have also been published in numerous books such as, "Street Murals," "Who’s who in the World," "World History;" "Masquerade" (the sixty foremost contemporary artists).

Kent Twitchell’s paintings, mural studies and portraits are found in national collections at the Boise Art Museum, Idaho; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Chicago Art Institute. He also has private works in notable international art collections. Twitchell received the prestigious award of Doctor of Fine Art, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (’96)

 
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