James Brooks, ‘U’, 1952, Berry Campbell Gallery

About James Brooks

James Brooks was primarily an abstract painter, fascinated by the painterly accidents yielded by diluting oil paint with glue, enamel, and other household products. An early Abstract Expressionist and friend of Jackson Pollock, he experimented with Automatism and free brushwork after discarding the Social Realism of his early career (during which he created one of his most famous works, Flight (1942), a mural at LaGuardia Airport). Brooks was a pioneer in the use of staining, dilution, and accidental deterioration of canvases to create uncontrolled abstraction; he often applied his mixtures of commercial products and paints directly from the tube to create thick, deep surfaces, before adding in fluid lines and abstract shapes. His later works moved towards a purer exploration of color and form.

American, 1906-1992, St. Louis, Missouri

Solo Shows

2003
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Selected Paintings 1960-85
2002
Joan T. Washburn Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
James Brooks: Six Decades
1985
Art Views, 
East Hampton, NY, United States,
James Brooks Prints

Group Shows

1997
Museum of Contemporary Art, 
Tokyo, Japan,
Founders and Heirs of Art
1997
Museum at Stony Brook, 
Stony Brook, NY, United States,
More than Mount: Selections from the Permanent Collection
1995
Grace Borgenicht Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionists, 40's, 50's, & 60's

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Rosenfeld Gallery at Art Miami 2017
2014
Valerie Carberry Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2014