Life Line: Drawings by Kent Twitchell
November 6, 2014 – February 26, 2015
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, November 6, 6 – 8 pm
General Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 pm and 6 to 9 pm
Please note that the art gallery will be closed from December 12, 2014 to February 8, 2015. It will re-open on February 9, 2015.
Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery is pleased to present Life Line, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based muralist Kent Twitchell. The exhibition opens November 6, 2014, and closes February 26, 2015. The opening reception for the artist is Thursday, November 6, from 6 to 8 pm.
Kent Twitchell is renown for his larger-than-life, realistic portrayals of celebrities and creative luminaries in murals sprawling Los Angeles’s buildings and freeways. As the exhibition title suggests, Life Line conjures up multiple associations. This exhibition focuses on Twitchell’s life-long devotion to drawing and also his connection to his subjects, highlighting the artist’s small graphite on paper renderings that are both intimate and engaging in scale. Culling from the artist’s oeuvre, some of the drawings in this exhibition are being displayed for the first time. Life Line serves as a stimulating pairing to the monumental and iconic mural of The Old Woman of the Freeway that will be installed on the side of this campus’s Student Service Center later this year.
The Old Woman of the Freeway (or “Freeway Lady”) is originally painted near the Hollywood Freeway. The mural was lost when it was painted over in 1986. After many years of trying to resurrect this iconic piece of Los Angeles public art, the Los Angeles Valley College Public Art Committee has selected the repainting of Twitchell’s “Freeway Lady” to be its first project on the campus.
Twitchell was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1942. He attended East Los Angeles College where he earned his A.A. in art in 1968. He continued his studies at California State University, Los Angeles and earned a B.A. in art (1972) and at Otis College of Art and Design where he received his M.F.A. (1977). In addition to the numerous murals he has executed throughout Southern California, Twitchell has exhibited work in solo and two-person exhibitions, such as “Thriller: The King of Pop Meets the King of Cool: Exploring the Lost Works of Kent Twitchell,” LOOK Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); “The Freeway Lady,” VIVA Gallery, Sherman Oaks, CA (2005); and “Kent Twitchell and Sandra Sallin,” Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (1998). Twitchell has exhibited previously at the Vincent Price Art Museum in a group exhibition entitled “Coming Home Again” in 1996 and a solo show in 1991, entitled “Kent Twitchell: Coming Home Again.”
High-resolution images of artworks can be provided upon request.
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