Kent Twitchell
Kent Twitchell
Kent Twitchell
Artist/Muralist, Kent Twitchell Studi​o

Cal State LA
B.A., Art (1972)

  • ​Long considered the “Godfather of Street Art," Twitchell's works have appeared in art textbooks, magazines, newspapers, movies and TV shows since the early 70s. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran who worked directly with the commander of 3rd AF, a Brigadier General, in London doing his top-secret briefings for more than three years.
  • While still an art student at Cal State LA, Twitchell painted his 1971 mural of Steve McQueen in downtown Los Angeles, garnering worldwide attention. He has gone on to paint more than 30 major public murals throughout Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Cleveland.
  • Co-founder of the Mural Conservancy of LA and co-director of the 1984 Olympic Murals Project, Twitchell has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Cal State LA, Biola University, and Otis College of Art and Design, where he is the only artist in 100 years to sit on their Board of Trustees.
  • He won two landmark lawsuits over the destruction of public art, The Freeway Lady Mural and The Ed Ruscha Monument Mural, the largest settlement of its kind. These wins have ensured further protection for public art that have become cherished community centerpieces.
  • Twitchell developed a technique for painting murals using specific acrylic materials on Polytab, a synthetic/cellulose material that enables artists to paint entire murals indoors for later installation on exterior walls. The results are entirely permanent and in use all over the world.

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