Eric Brooks moved to San Francisco, CA, in 2001 after spending the previous 3 years traveling. He founded the Birdsnest Artist Co-op, which lasted one glorious year, working with more than 50 local artists. Soon after the Co-op ended, the artist life began. From 2002-2011 he became known for intense layering of color and heavy textured mixed media paintings. Going back on the road in 2011, he landed in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was artist-in-residence at the Total Kunst Gallery in 2011 and the 4×8 Gallery in 2012. In 2013, visa issues brought him back to America where he accidentally settled, and continues to reside in Reno, NV.
“My pieces have always been about life, about the chaos, structure and unpredictability of life. The way that we as emotional creatures move through all of those facets. I began creating art as a means of processing and releasing emotion and I really believe that there is an energy transmitted through the movement of the hand to the canvas. Knife ridges and brushstrokes are important in capturing the emotion that will stay with the painting forever.
Our world has changed so much just in the past ten years, particularly in the area of technology and its global impact on creation, perception, and modes of relating. It is important to me to feel a connection with the paint, with the medium I am painting on: to feel the paint on my skin, to see the colors blend and play with one another. It is vital to my process, and I think it’s important for this reason: that we remember the raw, tactile nature of creating and its unending ability to move us.
I use what is going on around me to shape the color, pattern, and texture of what I see as abstract geometric landscapes, perhaps even emotional landscapes. And I want my paintings to move the viewer in subconscious ways, to spur the mind to wander. Painting is important in all its disciplines because it has the ability to create a moment of white space. In this space, everything else fades away, and you are left with a personal conversation between with that piece of art. It can be good, bad, or ugly, but it changes what you’re thinking at that moment and can transcend any other emotion for even the briefest second.
I want each painting to be a quiet, authentic conversation – the type of instant that happens between two people without words, an instant born out of emotion, whether it’s clear and singular or complex and convoluted. I want each painting to be a part of our beautiful, chaotic, unpredictable life.” The full series, Something More Than Time Has Passed Here, will be on display at The Beckwith Gallery, June 2018, with a reception on June 15, 6-9 p.m.