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1) Vincent and Henri
2) Philosophy of Dreams
3) Time Machine
4) Snake and Ladders
5) Alice in Slumber Land
As you are here and like most people, you probably want to know more information about the artist – David Kent.
They want to know about his history, his influences and any interesting art-related stories.
If you want to know more, then you are at the correct place read on below.
The Artist’s beginnings
What is known about this talented artist? David H. J Kent was born in Weybridge, Surrey, England in July 1936. David was the middle son of three of his parent’s William and Florence Kent. He was brought up in a poor but happy family. He spent his childhood in a climate of rationing and deprivation. However, like most, he did not realise this at the time, as all his friends and neighbours were all in the same situation.
The Artist Discovers…
The artist David had always been interested in art from a very early age. He was always at the table drawing, sketching or had his nose in an art book. As a schoolboy, he studied old Victorian tomes full of wonderful prints of various illustrators from that time. So how did a boy from war-torn England come to obtain these old Victorian books? Well strangely, they seemed to be very cheap and in plentiful supply after the war. Found in jumble sales (or rummage sales, the name for them at the time). Famous ink-and-pencil artists also caught his eye notably the works of Eric Fraiser, Aubrey Beardsley and later on MC Escher.
The Artistic Medium of choice
Although David, in his time, used most artistic implements and materials that were to hand, one medium stood out. In preference to pencil, he loved drawing in black (Indian) ink with its rich black line and high contrast. He drew cartoon caricature portraits of Hollywood actors, personalities of the time and of his school friends, teachers etc. Many years later, he read that Vincent Van Gogh (his idol in the art world) also loved the English illustrators’. David recalled that Vincent had made a painting of prisoners exercising. They were walking in a circle, based on a striking drawing by the artist Gustav Doré. He, like Vincent, loved these line drawings. David tried in his own style to emulate these superb illustrations.