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
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)