Kent Ambler | Woodblock Prints
Greenville, South Carolina
While the imagery in his art is generally subject or object oriented, the visual appearance of each piece is very important to him. Kent Ambler works from an aesthetic and intuitive approach rather than a conceptual one. Some of his work is autobiographical while others is simply based on things that interest him, such as birds. What often inspires his work is derived from his life and the things around him: his observations. Endless subject matter takes place in his surroundings; his three dogs, two cats, his wife Peggy, the lake, the woods, birds, flowering trees, neighbors goats, and so much more. Kent Ambler's work usually starts with an observation or a quick sketch. These images that he sketches become a leaping point for the exploration of aesthetic qualities. Mark making is the main focus in his woodcut prints, while surface and paint application are the main focus in his paintings. He finds himself working from a combination of observation, memory, and intuition. Through the passage of time, subjects, themes, and even concepts materialize in his work.