Kent Maxwell first picked up a paintbrush at the age of fifteen and has ever since been drawn to the canvas. Following his formal fine arts education at New England College, Kent developed his craft while under apprenticeships with stained glassed artist Patricia Barkley in Idaho and artist Richard Lethem in Maine. Kent uses experimental, progressive techniques to create low relief textures onto the canvas, integrating various materials into his medium using trowels, paint scrapers, and other methods. Each work contains a unique array of materials, and as such, takes on a particular atmospheric feel. By embracing a looser form and emphasizing ambience over detail, Kent’s art enkindles his viewer’s imagination, connecting memory, mood, and dreams. Kent currently resides and works on the seacoast of New Hampshire.
Abstract landscapes and seascapes
Materials and Techniques
“The intention behind my artwork is to transport viewers to worlds unseen, while imbuing them with a sense of nostalgia or mystery. Always experimental and incorporating various materials for texture like sand and coffee grounds, my process draws upon color and pattern from familiar elements in nature. By using these unconventional styles and mediums that capture the immediacy of real life, I create an impression like a still from a movie reel; a fleeting moment meant to connect the viewer with a place they may have visited in real life or dreams.”