Orchids With Coffee, 20×30 Oil on Canvas Featured In Southwest Art Magazine | January 2015
4pm Tea Time, 20×30 Oil on Canvas Featured In Southwest Art Magazine | January 2015
SOLD! Not Greener On The Other Side, 3rd Place Winning Entry 2014 Spring Show
Southwest Art Magazine’s Editor’s Choice For Up And Coming Talent: HEBE BROOKS
Below is the column about the art featured above:
Fabrics and Reflections
TEXAS PAINTER Hebe Brooks has journeyed back and forth between realism and abstraction during her career, but these days she has thoroughly embraced realism. In fact, as this story was going to press, one of her paintings won Best Still Life at the International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, SC.
Brooks, who grew up in Patagonia, Argentina, has drawn, painted, and taken private art lessons since she was young. She went on to enroll in art classes at Patagonia’s Universidad Nacional del Comahue and later earned a second bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Houston. Today her work has several signature elements. One of these is her use of reflections, whether are gracing a gleaming silver teapot in a still-life painting or a crystal-clear lake in a landscape. Brooks says her mission in depicting reflections is to engage viewers and cause to question where the real object starts, where it ends, and what part of it is actually a reflection of something else.
Another common element is her use of fabric – the material twists and turns its way through Brook’s work and is often an integral part of the composition. Sometimes the fabric ensconces a female figure like a cocoon; other times it serves as the backdrop for a glass bowl brimming with fruit.
“Fabric speaks for a lot aspects in our culture,” Brooks says. “It can represent luxury, patriotism, softness, a time in history, even an organic or an abstract concept. Fabric helps me convey a certain message or feeling.”
Brooks says that in all of her work, she is trying to go beyond what a photograph can depict by enhancing the colors, adding the blind spots that a camera might miss, and conveying a feeling that can’t be manifested through a photograph lens. “I guess my realism is a way to express the feeling that, at any given time, the human creativity, the spirit, and the hand can surpass the existing technology,” she says. — Bonnie Gagelhoff
SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE JANUARY 2015 | PAGE 16
On Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the opening reception of the Pursuit of the Southwest 6th Annual Juried Art Exhibition Hebe received another bit of good news. Her 3rd Place Winning Entry for the 2014 Spring Show, Not Greener On The Other Side was sold! It is also a 20×30 oil on canvas. It features a landscape from a Central Texas Ranch where she would often go fishing with her family and friends. Visit our showroom or see other works by Hebe Brooks that you may acquire online.
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