Brian Bent
October 2016
Anaheim GardenWalk, Anaheim, CA



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Brian Bent: (San Juan Capistrano) is the San Juan Capistrano-based artist behind 20 years of Becker Surfboards stores’ interiors from Encinitas to Malibu. His art appears on United 50 Clothing, Stance Socks, Power Balance bracelets, and Hot Rod Garage Sale. 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 illustrative paintings, interior design/builds, sculptures, and racer cars are high energy with ranges from definitive flying rhomboids and vibrant colors to the elegance of a smooth surface and muted tones. His works generate momentum, and each piece begs its viewer a journey worth the taking. Bent’s style is a blending of figurative painting with bold geometric constructivist imagery and is reminiscent of the linear abstract textile designs of 50ʹ s designers and artists such as Lucienne Day. He is a master of re-purposing material with an inadvertent tendency toward recycling. His resourceful eye imagines new life from that of a discard, while his gifted ability manifests the inspiration to its completion in an instant. In this way, there are no lines, no definitions which can completely categorize the diversified works which daily pour forth through his gifted physicality. Whether it is in surfing, music, writing, painting, design, fashion, sculpting, car building, or whatever else sets his soul afire, the result brings one into the joyful world which emanates through all he touches.