Kent Ambler '15

kent portrait


Born January 31, 1970, Northwest Indiana

1992 Ball State University, BFA, Painting

Lives Greenville, SC, has been a full-time artist since '97, a painter and printmaker with a primary focus on woodcut.

My work is autobiographical. My surroundings offer endless subject matter; my three dogs, two cats, my wife Peggy, the mountains and woods, the moon and night, birds and flowering trees, the list goes on and on. My work usually starts with an observation or a quick sketch. In the past I painted more directly from life but now find myself working from a combination of observation, memory and intuition.

Subjects, themes, and concepts materialize in my work through the passage of time. I generally can’t tell you what it is that I am working on until viewing a series of work in retrospect. With the help of hindsight it becomes very obvious what was going on in my life at that given time.

While the imagery in my art is generally subject or object oriented, the visual appearance of each piece is of most importance to me. I work from an aesthetic and intuitive approach rather than a conceptual one.

I try not to over-think or over-plan my work. I generally do my best work when my brain is “turned off” so to speak. I am inspired by the simplicity of idea and image addressed by genuine folk artists.




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