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Video Interview: Folk Artist Kent Twitchell Talks about His Career as L.A. Muralist

For over 40 years, folk artist Kent Twitchell has shared with the people of Los Angeles artwork in the form of large-scale murals several stories tall with photorealistic precision of people he most admires.

People pass by his painted murals decade after decade admiring his work. His work is a time capsule that lasts not long before his work gets destroyed by the weather, taggers, and building owners that want to change the colorful walls and Twitchell’s work is forever gone. This is the case of the Freeway Lady, 1974 (the first ever Freeway mural in the United States) and Ed Ruscha mural, 1978, which are now in the process of being replaced.

It is urgent that better preservation keep alive this legendary work that has transformed many people’s attitudes by exposing them to art, spurring minds to notice and wonder, and inspiring other artists to follow in their own self inspired pursuits. As Twichell explains

“It’s so much bigger than life. I so much want other people to appreciate them the way I do that it helps me get through the work, because it’s not necessarily exciting, it’s not process, it’s hard, so painting people I really like makes it a lot easier.”

The process of creation, restoration, and recreation seems a never-ending task in keeping pure the originating romantic notion of this artist. The sources for such great passion are remarkable and we feel as obliged as he does to share his interests and talents with all.

See video interview: http://studio-online.com/so/?p=2164

Contact the filmmaker Veronica Aberham at: vaberham@gmail.com

Posted by Veronica Aberham on 2/1/09







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