In Jeffrey Kent’s critique of the accessibility of the Art World—expressed in his street performances, community investment projects, and multimedia public presentations—he brings fine art to people who wouldn’t otherwise have opportunities to experience it. In Walking Art, Kent carried his painting, The N-Word, 2010--a 66 by 90 inch canvas, depicting a ‘black-face’ emoji with a literal headshot--13 blocks through downtown Baltimore. This film is Kent’s protest against Black gun violence in entertainment, which he believes desensitizes society to Black people dying.
Written, Performed, & Directed by Jeffrey Kent
Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent combines dramatic gestures, vivid colors, multiple layers, impasto, and reverse text in his paintings. His struggle with dyslexia (without access to diagnosis and care) is a recurring theme expressed in reverse text. His bricolage artworks consider the history of inequity by manipulating objects of daily life. In his critique of the accessibility of the Art World, Kent’s street performances, community investment projects, and multimedia public presentations bring fine art to people who wouldn’t otherwise have opportunities to experience it. In addition to his art practices, Kent founded the folded alternative art space in Baltimore, Subbasement Artist Studios (2004-2014); Co-Owner of Unexpected Art Space (2013-2016); Co-Founder of Connect+Collect and Director of Promotion and Outreach, BmoreArt (2018-) designed to create awareness and momentum among art collectors, and to promote a culture of collecting in Baltimore. His artworks are in the collections of Robert W Deutsch Foundation, Hilton Hotels, and FTI Consulting Inc., among others.