5/15/2017 The art community here on Whidbey suffered a great loss last week with the death of artist Kent Lovelace. A gifted painter and print-maker, Kent was well known nationally for his work.
Kent was preparing for a solo show here in the gallery for June, and we had spoken with him recently about the work he was completing, which included some new directions. We were looking forward to having his work in the gallery, and are heartbroken that we won't have the opportunity to share what he was working on with his many fans and admirers.
We'll be looking for a way to honor Kent's legacy in the coming weeks, and will be sure to let you know what we'll do.
Kent calls Whidbey Island his home, and is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest as a master print maker who has worked with such artists as Jacob Lawrence, Dale Chihuly, and Russell Chatham. He is a highly sought after oil painter whose work is collected across the nation.
Kent paints 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.