Jeffrey Kent was born in Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. After years of romanticizing the street life and struggling with a crack addiction; Kent recovers daily through his art practices. For Kent: founder of the The One Twenty, his commitment to communicating ideas through creative expression, and his dedication to community service. Through his experiences, he learned the importance of sharing his time and knowledge with youths and young adults: teaching them to set goals and to recognize the possibilities within their grasp. Kent states that his artwork uses, “society’s perplexities and its oxymoronic terms including ‘civil rights’ and ‘justice for all,’ which examines layers of tribal identification; providing viewers with an opportunity to feel what it may be like to experience injustices with the everyday struggle of being non-white.”
For more than a decade, Kent founded and directed Sub-Basement Artist Studios: a 13,000 sq. ft. underground, artist studios and gallery space located in downtown Baltimore (Best Gallery, City Paper 2005). In early 2008, Kent’s critically acclaimed solo exhibition, Good Bad and Ugly at The Creative Alliance, led to his cover feature in the Baltimore’s City Paper. Later that year, Kent was awarded Best Visual Artist by Baltimore’s City Paper 2008 and featured in Baltimore’s 2008 Top Ten Artist list by the Examiner. Abstract expressionist painter and founder of the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, Grace Hartigan(1922-2008); selected Kent and five other MFA candidates in her final class before passing in late 2008. Kent received his Masters in Fine Art from MICA in 2010. Kent’s exhibitions include: 'Art in Embassies' in Rome, Italy, 'Preach!' (solo) at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Museum in Baltimore, MD, 'For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People,' Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD, '2,191 Days and Counting' at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, 'Surface from Under the Microscope: The Henrietta Lacks Series' (solo) at Howard University Interdisciplinary Research Building, Washington D.C. Kent’s numerous permanent collections include: FTI Consulting Inc., The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture. The artistic vision of Kent is an important contribution to this continuous spectrum of urban cultural expression and identity.
In 2015, Kent relocated to Midtown in Baltimore City where he rehabbed a vacant “freestanding row-house” and coined his live/work space; 'The One Twenty.' Kent has micro studio spaces available, in his process of cultivating an artist collective while reaching out to the community at large.