Into The City
Brooke Harker is a contemporary American artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her lively paintings of cities are characterized by energetic ink strokes and thick oil paint. These playful depictions of urban and coastal scenes, often large in scale, offer a portal through which viewers can travel through their imaginations into another version of reality. Random drips may evoke curiosity or provide a sense of freedom within carefully plotted perspectives. Each framework draws inspiration from travels whether locally or abroad. Observations of the connections between people as recorded in architecture, transportation, fashion and human interactions is part of what Harker transcribes through her paintings.
Fascinated by other cultures and languages since childhood, Harker has lived abroad or participated in special projects or residencies in Italy, Germany, Japan, China and Poland with travels to several other countries along the way. Harker’s solo exhibit, Una Prospettiva Eclettica (An Eclectic Perspective), curated by Alfio Borghese toured in January 2017 to Area Contesa Arte, on Via Margutta, in Rome. The collection of artworks celebrates various perspectives of Los Angeles and a few views of the Rome area. The paintings exhibited at Satura Art Gallery inGenoa, Italy in 2016 and opened at the Villa Comunale di Frosinone (in the vicinity of Rome) in 2015. Harker created all of the paintings for this exhibit during a five month residency in Italy on a farm south of Rome. A couple of Harker's works were also part of the Biennale di Frosinone/Anagni in 2016. These opportunities in Italystemmed from selection in the museum exhibit, "California Dreaming" an exhibit of 54 international artists which toured in 2014-2015 between Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Italy, the Oceanside Museum of Art inOceanside CA, and the Riverside Museum of Art in Riverside, CA.
Harker's paintings continue to be featured at Lu Martin Galleries, in the coastal paradise of Laguna Beach,California where she frequently visits to attend monthly artwalks or paint outside the gallery. Her studio in Los Angeles is also outdoors where she has an opportunity to interact with passing neighbors in the California sunshine. Most recently she returned from gathering inspiration in Paris and has an upcoming trip to Havana, Cuba planned for April of 2017.
Brooke Harker’s approach to the image of a city – of any environment, actually, but a city’s most particularly – insists that our experience of a place emerges from a wealth of phenomena, smaller and larger, interacting and giving one another a reason to exist. Harker’s method, reliant equally on drawing and painting throughout even the most painterly tableau, does not simply thrust us into the middle of a bustling street; it dissolves the street and reassembles it around our vision, as if we had been dreaming, been jolted awake, and found ourselves beholding a scene at once instantly recognizable and entirely alien.- Peter Frank- international art critic, The Huffington Post, Fabrik Magazine
On the map of her canvases, Brooke Harker pictures the land she imagines with her portrayal of hope; it is the city of the sun we yearn for.- Marcello Carlino- art critic, Rome, Italy
Selected recent exhibits: Area Contesa Arte, Rome, Italy, Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Satura Art Gallery, Genoa, Italy, Lu Martin Galleries, Laguna Beach, CA, Villa Comunale di Frosinone, Italy, Riverside Museum of Art in Riverside CA, Fann-A-Porter Gallery in Dubai, Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside CA, FABStudio Art Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Lu Martin Galleries in Laguna Beach, CA, Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Italy, The Wolf Fine Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, Malibleu Gallery in Malibu, CA, bg Bergamot Gallery in Santa Monica, CA; DDR Gallery in Santa Monica, CA; Jeanie Madsen Gallery Santa Monica, CA; and haleARTS SPACE in Santa Monica, CA , Christopher Morgan Galleries, Laguna Beach, CA, Laguna Gallery of Contemporary Art, Laguna Beach, CA, Gallery 104 in San Clemente, CA, George J Doizaki Gallery in LA, The Beverly Hills Art Show, Beverly Hills, CAand the Open Show at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles curated by Jenny Gheith (Assistant Curator, San Francisco Museum of Art). Click here to see past and upcoming events.
Recognition & Press: ExtraTV, Italy, The Huffington Post, The Hollywood Times, The Malibu Times, La Provincia- (Frosinone, Italy), le3.it, The Santa Monica Mirror, Splash Magazines, The Examiner, Topanga Messanger, Santa Monica Daily Press, Westside Today, The Los Angeles Post, Dongguan Informer (China), and sited in More Magazine & Felix Magazine, Buzzfeed, Season 8 of Hell's Kitchen on FOX, & nominated by in 2013, by the Field Deputy of CA State Senator Alex Padilla for Excellence in the Arts.