Brooks Anderson, a fifth generation Californian from a family of artists and musicians, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University in Northridge, studying at that time with established artists of the Los Angeles art scene. Brooks has exhibited nationally, from San Francisco to New York City, and his work is collected in private, corporate, and museum collections around the world. In 1996, Brooks lived for a year in the south of France, completing fifty luminous paintings of the region.
Says Brooks about his work: "Simply put, my goal in painting is not to copy Nature, but to stand back, pause, and dive in, to reveal its depths, to feel the sacred and profound, to transcribe the essence of what I see spiritually; and to relish in the act of painting - responding to what is happening on the surface, as if this is the first time this vision has been bestowed and revealed. "
"Each painting, each day, each brushstroke pushes me further. The representational world has always summoned the artist to transcribe its compelling mysteries. In my work, the hallowed places, expanse, depth, and environmental fragility are in concert with Nature's resilience. My landscape and seascape paintings move beyond the visual, inquiring and knocking at the door of the unseen. " Theodore Wolff of the Christian Science Monitor wrote about Brooks' work: "Anderson's images are extraordinarily illusionistic, and are stamped with a unique painterly identity and presence. Only carefully conceived and lovingly executed paintings can transform the raw material of nature in such serene and subtly Romantic pictorial projections."
Kingdom No. 2, 30x48, oil on canvas
Illumina No 5, 21x34, oil on canvas
Bodhisatva 2, 36x36, oil on canvas
Farmer's Trust, 9x12, oil on panel
The Passage, 11x14, oil on panel
Tidal Marsh 4, 11x14, oil on panel
Riverfront, 12x24, oil on panel
Covenant, oil on canvas, 36x48
Bodhissatva, oil on canvas, 48x36
Mantle, 20x24, oil on canvas
Illumina no. 3, 24x18, oil on canvas
Brooks Anderson, "Farmer's Trust", 9" x 12", oil on panel
Named after an elegant and iconic song from Pat Metheny, this piece captures the
poignant feeling of living under the big sky--perhaps being taken in by a sunset
over the fields--this sweet little piece caught those emotions.
Brooks Anderson, "Yellow Canoe", 13" x 21", oil on canvas
One of my more successful attempts at getting pretty close to American Luminism
of the Hudson River School--being able to match sky and water surface, yet keeping
those two segments distinct from each other, as the water is always a bit cooler and
darker than the sky. This is about as placid a piece that I can paint.
Talis, oil on canvas, 18x24
Talis 2, oil on canvas, 18x24
Terminus, 12x16, oil on canvas
Cumulus 5, 40x30, oil on canvas
Borealis 5 30x24, oil on canvas