Brooke HARKER

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Brooke Harker is a contemporary American artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her paintings of cityscapes, characterized by energetic strokes in ink and thick oil paint offer a portal for viewers to travel into their imaginations, memories or another version of reality. Playful depictions of urban and coastal scenes, often large in scale, contain random drips and evoke a sense of freedom within carefully plotted perspectives. Her compositions draw inspiration from travels whether locally or abroad. Through her work, she transcribes observations of the connections between people as recorded in architecture, transportation, fashion and human interactions. Harker's love of people is a driving force in the work she creates.

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 PostFabrik Magazine

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