David’s Spanish brother-in-law, José Carrión, also known as “El Pintor de la Noche” (“The Painter of the Night”) encouraged him to paint, instead of just drawing in coloured inks. Young José became a very well known artist; he had many exhibitions of his work and had a successful career in Spain, France and the USA up until he was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident in 1990. José and his wife and children were good friends of Salvador Dali. Over the years José offered David a lot of inspiration and encouragement. David studied various schools of art and was inspired by his favourite artists: Honoré Daumier, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Salvador Dali, René Magritte, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Giorgio de Chirico and Max Beckmann. David Kent is now in his 80s and continues to paint with the same zeal that he had as a schoolboy. Unlike other artists he does not like to use oil paints and canvas, he instead prefers to use acrylics and board. He enjoys varying his subjects, from surrealism, expressionism, mythology, satire, homage (or tributes), history and literature – a very broad spectrum. He and his wife live happily in leafy Surrey. Visit www.kentgalleries.com.