Saturday, March 20, 2010

Year of the Tiger

1962, 2010, oil on linen, 62 x 56 in., 157 x 142 cm.

Just finished my painting for an upcoming Bristol, UK group exhibition. This image was conceived back in January and is not only in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Tiger and my birthday, but also in acknowledgment (or a reminder to myself maybe) of the positive attitude or feeling I had going into 2010. I know it's not necessarily an uplifting looking image, but it is, I hope, a viscerally charged representation of the human need for vitality in life (which is not always gotten freely or without scars).

ART FROM THE NEW WORLD: Group Exhibition | May 15 – August 22
Private Opening Reception: Friday, May 14, 6:30 - 10:30pm
Opens to public Saturday, May 1st and will be on view 7 days a week until the close of the show.
Queen's Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 922 3571


  1. Hope there are some books out soon.

  2. Hi, Kent !
    First, I want to apologies for my bad english !
    Can I ask why a horse in the upper left corner of your painting ?
    Just curious. ;)

    Maybe there's no particular reasons. ;)

    This is a great, great painting: I love the dynamism of the composition and the overall energy in it !

    Bravo !

  3. Oh my goodness, I live in Bristol and will definitely be seeing this show, can't believe I'll see this beautiful painting in the flesh, can't wait!!! Thanks for the heads up :D

  4. this is great news - just the one painting? I'm going to have to make a special trip from london to see this!!

  5. What paint so good! loose, free, expressive and realistic.

  6. INCREDIBLE!!! Wish I could see it in person. Thanks for the insight to it.

  7. Kent, I love when you use multiple figures on your compositions. Great stuff as usual!!!

  8. I really like that figure on the left.

  9. Hi Kent,

    Curious if you could speak a bit about where you get ideas for your compositions from? They're always such an interesting mix of doodles and cartoons, incredibly finished sections, and other swirling imagery and atmosphere working together to form an abstracted narrative.

    I was wondering if you consider yourself something of a surrealist artist? There's a stream of consciousness feeling to your work but at the same time they feel very deliberate.

    Thanks again for sharing your work with us.

  10. What a terrific piece - from the last year or so ' it looks like you're stepping through a new doorway . I would be interested in how you transitioned from your very early style of paint application - a J.Jones surface - to the visible process of application , if it naturally evolved or was a struggle to loosesn up .
    Thank , Al McLuckie