STEVEN M. BRENT Steven M Brent passed away on December 4, 2020 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was born on February 24, 1953 in Woodbridge, New Jersey to the late Edwin and Irene Brent. He grew up in suburban Philadelphia and attended Msgr. Bonner High School. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 1975 with a BS in Fine Arts. In 1976 he married Deborah Suslock. He received his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Steven was an accomplished artist and exhibited his work extensively in the Northeast, including Toronto as well as Fort Lauderdale, Flint, Michigan and internationally in Prague and Paris showing with a group of painters who became known as the New New Painters. He lived and worked for over 20 years in Stamford, CT and was employed in direct marketing and computer graphics. In 2003 he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. There he opened Steven Brent Studios LLC (stevenbrentstudios.com
) doing design, computer graphics, photography and fine arts until just a few weeks before his passing. Throughout his life he enjoyed many genres of music, playing the guitar as well as collecting guitars. He also was an accomplished chef and gardener. His flower garden was a frequent subject of his artwork. Throughout his life he played in several garage bands. He also was an independent insurance agent working for Bankers Life and Casualty from 2011 until 2019 in Wilmington, NC. He is survived by his sister Dr. Elaine Brent of Bellingham WA, his daughter Jennie Brent of Stamford, CT his son David Brent, David's wife Dr. Elana Light and their son Jonah also of Stamford, CT, his life partner Sheryl Webber and her son Jimmy of Wilmington, NC, many cousins and close friends. A celebration of his life will be planned after it is safe again to gather. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Racine Center for the Arts in Wilmington, NC.
Published by Wilmington Star-News on Jan. 21, 2021.