Kent Shell was born in Altus, Oklahoma, and grew up in West Texas and Virginia. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Selected group exhibitions

1992     Muranushi-Lederman, "The 1.5 Show", New York NY
1990     White Columns, "Something Strange", New York NY
1985     Hallwalls, "Relative Meaning: the Figure in Context", Buffalo, NY
1982     P.S. 1, "Critical Perspectives", L.I.C., NY
1980     New Orleans Museum of Art, "1980 New Orleans Triennial", New Orleans, LA


Review of Something Strange, Art in America, Summer 1991
Marcia Tucker, An Iconography of Recent Figurative Painting, Artforum, Summer 1982
Donald Kuspit, review of Critical Perspectives, Artforum, April 1982
Deborah Perlberg, review of Small Works, Artforum, February 1979

Grants and Awards

1987     Rauschenberg Foundation Emergency Artist's Grant
1985     Albee Foundation Fellowship


Mr. Edward R. Downe, Jr.
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC


BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1980