Kent Christensen renders highly dynamic paintings glorifying sugary indulgence and American addiction to dessert. His paintings incorporate traditional and classical compositional styles, calling on such inspirations as the Group of Seven and renaissance works. The juxtaposition of frozen treats and the obvious recall of classic religious iconography is humorous and engaging.
Kent Christensen was raised as a Mormon, unable to partake in vices such as drinking or smoking. As a result, the artist became to an alternative vice -- sugar. The artist goes so far as to refer to sugar as ‘Mormon Heroin.’ Christensen recontextualizes his personal associations with sweets and applies the resulting psychological effects to his paintings. The results are intimate and satirical. The complex, yet easily relatable subject of Christensen’s work is memorable.