A New Series of Oil Portraits by
K I M B E R L Y B R O O K S
“The Stylist Project”
February 27 – April 3, 2010
TAYLOR DE CORDOBA
2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034 | tel: 310.559.9156
Artist Reception: Sat, February 27, 6 – 8 pm
“Elizabeth Stewart” (Stylist for New York Times Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar) The Stylist Project, Oil on Linen by Kimberly Brooks
About The Stylist Project
The Los Angeles installment of “The Stylist Project” at Taylor De Cordoba, debuts a series of portraits of people with extraordinary style, focusing on major Los Angeles-based stylists, style-makers and fashion editors, styling themselves. The New York Exhibition with New York Style-makers will be Spring 2011.
I have often painted women and figures based around a theme. During my 2007 solo exhibition “Mom’s Friends” about my mother and her friends in 1970s Marin County, I embraced the idea of fashion as a language within painting. For this show, I sought a way to make fashion the subject itself and to bring to life the people, often a mystery to the public, who wield fashion just as I do my paint and brush. Each portrait is very different. It is a collaboration between two artists.
In my research I learned that there is a very hierarchical ecosystem of people considered style-makers and that “stylist” is actually a misnomer. The project encompasses a range of professions including costume designers, magazine creative directors, fashion editors, celebrity stylists, and style icons. For this reason I use the term “stylist” a bit loosely.
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