Ken "Blacktop" Gentle
Alabama native Ken Gentle is a self-taught fulltime artist who began painting at an early age as a way of sharing his experiences of growing up in the South. Over ten years ago he began creating multi-media paintings, drawings and collages that include water colors, chimney soot, enamels, and acrylics. These paintings typically start with a base of “black tar” on wood, tar paper, or cardboard (hence the moniker “Blacktop”). His style of using a mixture of found objects in his assemblages further complements the stories he tells.