June 18, 2014
Doug Kent has been living and working on the island of Martha’s Vineyard for over thirty years. Originally informed by Surrealists, the German Expressionists and American Painters of the early 20th century. Doug found inspiration for his continually evolving and evocative art from the intensely beautiful landscapes surrounding him. In recent years, Doug developed an innovative technique that combines water color and acrylics on unique surfaces like wood and iron. Doug has exhibited in galleries in Massachusetts, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. His work resides in collections as far afield as Singapore, Australia, Japan, Europe, and Latin America.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
Without going back to the art I sent you what do you remember about
It sounded English at first and then it was the puckerbrush lyric that
gave it away that it was on Martha’s Vineyard. It’s got that chanting
celtic vibe that made me feel like it was
What was your first reaction to the art? (thoughts, emotions, memories,
tastes, smells etc?)
I liked it. It would be hard if I didn’t like it and I wanted to hear more of
it. It’s very short.
If you had to choose one word to sum up the art I sent what would it
What emotion did it elicit?
When I heard the “puckerbrush” part which I only heard o the second
listen, I recalled my younger days when we used to ride old motorcycles
and horses up in the puckerbrush.
What was the art about in your mind? (Did it tell a story? Paint a
I just draw and let the work comes directly through the song, through me
as the filter and I go with it.
Take me through each step of your process from getting the art to the
creation of your work.
You begin to work and then elements come in. I put the pukerbrush in
after the characters. Im not sure when that happened before or during
the drawing. I left the song on repeat and the song fed me and this
drawing is what came out.
What did you title your work and why?
I stay away from titles because it forces people to see the image through
What part of your work came to you first?
I saw the heads first and then go from there. As I was doing the work it
was automatic. This one’s a bit more sinister. The figures were pretty
far along and I just had everything in Black and white. The circle in the
background was there. There were the two trees on either side and then
the center is the clearing for a performance or something.
How do you normally create? How was this experience different?
There was a boundary… It was like a commition. Someone wanted me to
create something from something and so it was more limited. There were
Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?
Only that the puckerbrush reminded me of the 1960s when we were all over in that area where James first buit his house. In Tisbury on the old farm roads off of Mary farm road and noone had been there since the 30s and I lived up there and Kingman and James and Jim Hull would come up and hang out and all our houses were connected through these backroads. I haven’t heard the word Puckerbrush since then. I was living in a place with goats in the basement and we called it the Goat house. James asked me to drive him to the airport when he got signed to Apple and he left his music in the back of my car.