Meet Mr. Desmond Omar-Shareef Kent, everybody. Shareef Kent is a talented artist found in my local area, Augusta, Ga. I came across several pieces of Shareef’s work via social media and I thoroughly enjoyed how expressionistic his pieces are. Without a doubt, I had to reach out to him for an interview so that we could find out more about the meaning and power behind the work he creates. I hope you’re as excited as I am about getting to learn more about him and his artistic skill. So, let’s get into!
What is a typical day in the life of Desmond Kent? “My day starts by meditating on a current piece I’m working on or a piece I’m thinking about starting. And from there I might head down to my homie Noura’s record store Pyramid Music And More which serves as a home base for me to work on pieces in a colorful environment.”
When did you begin to walk in your artistic journey?
“I would always draw as a kid, but it wasn’t until a year ago that I seriously started painting. It served as an outlet to clear my thoughts therapeutically being able to paint whatever was heavily in my mind at the time. Other people started taking interest in what it was that I was doing with my art and it just grew from there.”
What has your artistic journey meant for you throughout your life? “It has been very rewarding for me because I value being able to express myself creatively and having other’s appreciate what it is that I do. That is such a blessing!”
What has been your favorite and/or most meaningful creation since starting your journey? “I would have to say that my favorite piece which is a two-part painting was my “Facing The Future” piece that I did (pictured above). It was just something I dreamed up and had to put down before the vision I saw would disappear. It has to be the one that I’ve had the biggest response to so far.”
What is the one message you hope to be carried through your works of art for years to come?
“I would like my art to inspire and bring about thought. I do a lot of work with kids teaching them art and when I see their eyes light because of something that they’ve created with my help, I feel like I am serving my purpose to expose them to what they could be capable of.”
In what environment and/or mood do you feel most creative? “Night time for me is when I’m in my most creative space–not too many people around–intimate settings work well for me too. I can just zone out and let things come naturally to me.”
How do you decide on what you paint? Does the inspiration come from any special place? “It just depends on what’s going on at the moment. How I’m feeling emotionally. The environment I’m in. Who I might of come in contact with recently. It’s very unpredictable.”
Describe your artistic style in a single, concrete word or sentence. “Organized confusion!”
Do you have any other hidden talents besides being an artist? “I was a music producer since 2004 and I’m a percussionist!”
Do you have any words of encouragement for other artists/entrepreneurs who are following a path similar to yours? “Yes, love what it is that you do. No matter the field of art/work that your involved in never make it about the money. Make it about sharing the gift that God has given you or giving service to others. Be in love with the work and passionate about the process and the money will come.”