About Kent Bellows (June 26, 1949 – September 14, 2005):
Kent Bellows has been recognized as one of America’s greatest masters of Realism since first exhibiting in New York in 1985. The Nebraska-born artist, whose father was a commercial artist and watercolorist, began his career as a free-lance science fiction illustrator in the late 1970s for publications such as Omni and Rolling Stone. He had moved into commissioned portraiture and then figurative realism by the early 1980s, reaching national acclaim when he was discovered by the New York art market through Tatistcheff Gallery and then later Forum Gallery in New York.
Bellows’ drawings and paintings are known for their meticulous rendering as well as a psychological complexity that rivets the viewer. In 1986 Bellows stated, “The image I create on the canvas is the difference between the reality of a photograph and what is actually happening. This makes for a finely tuned picture, enabling me to capture the subject’s soul.”
All proceeds benefit Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program.