Artist: Denny Dent
Title: Jim Morrison Portrait
Medium: Oil on paper framed
size framed: 74 1/4" x 55 3/4"
size: 69 3/4" x 51 1/4"
Remembered as the fastest painter in the world, Denny Dent used art to engage and inspire. "Art comes from the heart. I try to stir hearts up for a living," he once said. Letting the spirit of the moment take him away, he created compelling portraits of a range of celebrities, including musicians, sportsmen, politicians and a Pope.
Denny Dent often painted Jim Morrison. A very talented and controversial figure in music and pop culture, the late musician is remembered for his searing poetic vision, powerful voice and countercultural mysticism. He became the yelping baritone voice of a brief, very unbuttoned era.
Created during one of Dent’s amazing live performances, this captivating portrait on offer is a perfect example of painter’s masterful technique. This portrait is especially rare and highly collectible.
Even though the painting was made in less than ten minutes, the range of details invites marvel. Bold expressionist brushstrokes encapsulate Dent’s unique dance on canvas that incorporated maniacal, mesmerizing movement. Executed in vivid colors, the subject is placed against a flaming background and adorned with yellow splashes of paint. Imbued with raw energy, this portrait perfectly encapsulates the charisma, danger, and broodiness that surrounded Morrison’s personality.
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About Denny Dent
Sometimes referred to as “the only rock and roll painter”, and sometimes as the “kid playing in the mud”, Denny Dent was certainly one of the most famous speed painters in history.
His act called “Two-Fisted Art Attack” was, in fact, a performance involving music, dancing, and painting with both hands, three brushes in each. The skill this inimitable artist showed on each of his speed painting sessions complemented his energy, while the audience was often left mesmerized. Because of the uniqueness of his performance, Dent enjoyed great popularity, while the portraits he painted were sold for rather high prices for speed art.
Denny Dent’s humble origins included his mother, also an artist and his grandfather, an ambidextrous cabinetmaker, who bestowed the initial talent upon him. Although he did not finish school, the artistic drive and the need to express himself were always present and the first time he got a chance to do so is during a 1981 John Lennon vigil. His act proved to be so different from anything else and so interesting, that he started to get calls from all over the country, painting as an opening act for bands and in other occasions. He was brought to spotlight with his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1994, where he painted in front of 300,000 people.
As his popularity grew, so did the range of his subjects, which included renowned musicians such as John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix or Tina Turner, NHL and NASCAR sportsmen, and politicians such as former U.S. President Bill Clinton and New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, among others.
Born in 1948, Denny Dent lived in Denver, Colorado and died in 2004 of complications related to a heart attack.