Fox Valley native, Jeffrey Equality Brooks, will be making his Illinois debut of his highly detailed figurative artwork at Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL with his exhibit be honest. Brooks will be joined by Chicago artist Harry Sudman who also creates portraitures that dovetail perfectly with Brooks.
Brooks’ work touches on pop art's color and rendering styles but he’s more interested in the "new sincerity" moniker which rejects brand as identity. He has no interest in post-modernism and its cynicism and says, “My artwork is about you, it's about us, it's about our friends, it's about honesty.” His highly technical paintings want to have an uncomfortable conversation with you.
Process-wise, Brooks’ one-of-a-kind paintings rely on intricate one time use stencils and layers of sprayed automotive paint expanded with metal flake, 24k gold, copper, and silver leaf, resin, broken glass, silica, transparent vinyl, flocking and/or enamel. His integral first step is taking photos of real people in his studio. And yes, uncomfortable conversations are sometimes had during those sessions. The photos are then used as source to build the paintings; however, there’s no print of the photo within the artwork itself.
While Brooks has a Master in Fine Arts from University of Illinois in Chicago, the elaborate techniques he uses in his paintings are his sole invention. It’s a unique style that he’s built up with heart over the last few years.
While graphically arresting, Brooks’ paintings have been said to be sensual, luxurious and introspective. The only way to get the full picture is to see it in person, and you can at Water Street Studios Gallery in Batavia, IL. Opening reception is Friday, November 12th, from 6-9pm and there will be an artist talk later in November. The show will be on display until December 4th during Water Street open gallery hours or by appointment. To schedule a viewing, contact Brooks through his website jeffreyequalitybrooks.com.