The art community on Whidbey suffered a great loss earlier in May with the death of artist Kent Lovelace. A gifted painter and print-maker, Kent was well known nationally for his work.
He was preparing for a solo show here in the gallery for June, and we are heartbroken that we won't have the opportunity to share what he was working on with his many fans and admirers.
We thought it a fitting honor to acknowledge Kent and others fighting heart disease by donating 10% of gallery sales this June to the American Heart Association.
In the 80s Kent was instrumental in establishing the First Thursday Artwalk in Pioneer Square in Seattle. Please join us for Langley's First Saturday Artwalk, and take a moment to sign a card in memory of Kent.
Kent called Whidbey Island his home, and was well known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a master print maker whoworked with such artists as Jacob Lawrence, Dale Chihuly, and Russell Chatham. He was a highly sought after oil painter whose work is collected across the nation.
Kent painted on copper, a tradition dating back to the Renaissance, employed by El Greco, Chardin, Rembrandt, and others who created masterworks that have stood the test of time. From his landscapes to his wildlife pieces, the radiance of copper shines through Kent's work, enhancing each piece with a rich glow.