Self-taught and influenced by the ‘Contemporary’ period of design, fashion, and architecture of the turn of the century through the mid sixties, Southern California artist Brian Bent’s dynamic hot rods, illustrative paintings and sculptures are high energy, ranging from bold and vibrant to elegant and muted.
Brian Bent is a man of many talents. Whether riding surfboards from the ’20s wearing a wool sweater, roller skating in the deep end of a pool, or skateboarding in punk-rock boots, he does it with style and talent. You will often find him painting in his studio, sewing/altering clothes and building “new” hotrods.
Bent’s style is a blending of figurative painting with bold geometric imagery and is reminiscent of the linear abstract textile designs of 50’s designers and artists such as Lucienne Day. His resourceful eye imagines new life from that of a discard, while his gifted ability manifests the inspiration to its completion in an instant.