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Kent Christensen

 (21st century)
Kent Christensen is active/lives in Utah.  Kent Christensen is known for still life painting.

Biography   Kent Christensen

Kent Christensen does oil paintings of sweets and other culinary delights to investigate cultural and personal associations with food, as well as the tradition of still-life painting. Christensen was born to a Mormon family that adhered to strict prohibitions against such vices as smoking and drinking. In their place, Mormons often indulge in sugar - an indulgence so zealous that the artist argues that sugar is "Mormon heroin". In Christensen's hands, the humble candy becomes a means to embrace and critique American society. 'Everyone has such a personal, intense and specific connection with this kind of non-essential "comfort food"', he says, that 'it provides the perfect vehicle for talking about human psychology and culture.'

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