Abstract Expressionist works by artist Kent Broadbent will be on view January 14 through February 18 in an exhibition at the McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St. in Bloomington, Illinois. There will be a reception with the artist on February 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. for members only and from 6 to 8 p.m. for the general public.
Broadbent’s interest in art, which began at age 12, was encouraged and supported by his mother. He attended Illinois State University, where he majored in psychology and continued to paint. His art took a back seat in his life until a cancer diagnosis in 2010 prompted him to turn to art with renewed energy.
For the past five years, Broadbent has worked exclusively with cold wax and oil, and he loves the unique depth and richness that this medium provides. He has won numerous awards for his work and his paintings are on permanent display in various regional galleries. Broadbent has sold his work to private collectors since his first solo exhibition in 2015, and he continues to participate in solo and dual exhibitions as well as juried exhibitions.
“I’m excited to be returning to my alma mater, because I think my work over the past two years is some of my best,” Broadbent said. “The pandemic has helped me focus more and allowed me to find new ways to share my passion.”
“In the rich tradition of Abstract Expressionism, Mr. Broadbent’s muscular paintings evoke the joy of a formidable, truly American idiom,” said Rhys Lovell, curator at the McLean County Arts Center.
To see more of Broadbent’s work, visit his website at broadbentart.com.