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 realistic multi storied mural portraits.
After high school Twitchell joined the United States Air Force and was stationed in London, where he served as an illustraator. 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).
In the late 60’s he began doing what became known 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 “The Freeway Lady.” He has painted over 100 portraits within some 30 exterior murals including the “Julius Erving Monument”(Dr. J) in Philadelphia; monuments to visual artists including Ed Ruscha, Jim Morphesis, Lita Albuquerque and Gary Lloyd. Also the LA Chamber Orchestra on three eight story walls overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles Harbor FWY. His murals, studio paintings and drawings most often depict a lone figure standing and looking straight out at the viewer.
Last updated: Feb 24, 2016