KENT BELLOWS



Born 1949 in Blair, Nebraska; died September 14, 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska
Kent Bellows studied printmaking and life drawing at UNO for two years in the late 1960s, but never earned a degree. Using a 2B pencil, he achieved near photographic results in his painstakingly rendered figurative studies and portraits. Bellows began exhibiting his work in the Old Market in the early 1970s and developed an international reputation as a "Sharp Focus" artist by the 1980s, when major museums acquired his work. Bellows, who was an artist-in-residence at the Bemis Center in 1988, was according to its current Director Mark Masuoka, "key in establishing the Omaha art scene and the Old Market as we know it today." The artist also lent his talents to support the UNO Print Workshop in 1992, when he provided $1,000 to pay master printer Richard Finch for the printing of a lithograph based on a drawing of a grove of trees. He also placed an advertisement in the Omaha World Herald to attract buyers for the 75 impressions in the edition. The money raised helped cover expenses for Thomas Majeski's trip to China. Bellows was repaid with two UNO edition prints.




Untitled Landscape
1992; color lithograph; image: 18 7/8 x 24 (47.853 x 60.96), sheet,23 3/8 x 27 3/4 (59.334 x 70.485); edition of 75