Kent Twitchell

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Kent Twitchell (born August 17, 1942, Lansing, Michigan) is an American muralist who is most active in Los Angeles. He is most famous for his larger-than-life mural portraits, often of celebrities and artists. His art is considered realism.

After high school Twitchell joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in London, where he served as an illustrator. Upon his discharge, he studied art at East Los Angeles College (AA, 1968), California State University, Los Angeles (BA, 1972), and the Otis College of Art & Design (MFA, 1977).

After working during the early '60s as an Air Force artist in London, Kent Twitchell moved to Los Angeles in 1966 and began doing what he refers to 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.

In 1973 Kent painted a five-story "Bride & Groom" followed by "Old Woman of the Hollywood Freeway." He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the "Julius Erving Monument" in Philadelphia; monuments to visual artists Edward Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd; and the LA Chamber Orchestra on three nine-story walls overlooking the downtown freeway. Kent painted a dual public monument to Will Rogers in San Bernardino and is planning monuments to Charlton Heston in Hollywood, Johnny Cash in Nashville, John F. Kennedy in Berlin and a few surprises. His murals, studio paintings, and drawings most often depict a lone figure standing and looking straight out at the viewer.

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