Summer Painting Workshop 2019

Summer Workshop 2019

Exact Dates: TBD
Join artist Kimberly Brooks for an eight week workshop where she will conduct live weekly sessions, offer her curriculum on safe practices, materials and supplies, and delve into the history of pigments, mediums along with companion painting assignments and exercises. This class is for artists who are moving into oils for the first time, as well as experienced painters who want a deeper understanding of oil painting as a medium, to learn safe practices, in particular painting without solvents. In addition to exercises and materials, the focus will be on creating individual oil painting studio set ups. The location is in your studio. Instruction is online with live weekly sessions with the instructor. Limited availability.  The course is a companion to the upcoming book Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials & Supplies: The Essential Guide which will be available later this spring.  The course cost will be $500, and $400 for those who sign up by May 1st.  Applications will open in late April.  Limited Availability.

Sign up here to be notified when the application for the course becomes available for sign up.

Other Workshops by Kimberly Brooks

Introducing My Narrative Painting Project

Thank you for being a part of this experiment where I will send a painting with a short story/thought behind it every few weeks.

I have longed for a way shine a light on what happens after the presentation or what doesn’t get seen.  Not a “blog” or even, perhaps, a fully-formed thought.  But a handkerchief of a thought, something i might leave behind while riding to where ever– a postcard from the interior– ah that’s what I’ll call it…an image and some words, that’s all.

I have spent my life listening, feeling with my eyes. I have many paintings I have never shown or older paintings I haven’t seen in years.

I want to let you in.


2019 Untitled Art Fair, San Francisco


The View From Here, 60 x 48 in. Oil on Linen 2019

Dear Friends,

I’m thrilled to announce my upcoming exhibition at the Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco with Zevitas Marcus. It’s funny how life works– I’ve shown my work all over the country but this is the first show in my hometown of the Bay Area. I’m super excited to see family and old friends and wrote an instagram post about all that here.

UNTITLED ART, San Francisco

Pier 35
Booth #19 Zevitas Marcus
1454 The Embarcadero
San Francisco

Days & Hours
FRI Jan 18 12:00 pm -8:00 pm
SAT Jan 19 12:00 pm -6:00 pm
SUN Jan 20 12:00 pm -6:00 pm

I’ll make it a point to loiter near the booth at these times:

Thurs, Jan 17, 5 – 7pm
Friday, Jan 18 3 – 4pm
Sat, Jan 19 3 – 4pm

For a preview of paintings, please contact Rich [at] Zevitasmarcus [dot] com

2019 “Paintings from the Interior”, UC Riverside

Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

3824 Main St, Riverside, California 92501

Paintings from the Interior, curated by Andi Campognone, is a survey exhibition of painting in and about the inland region of southern California. With a specific geographic boundary east of Kellogg Hill in Los Angeles county to the low and high deserts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, this exhibit focuses on both the literal landscape and the conceptual imagery of place. Artists featured in this exhibit are Dawn Arrowsmith, Quinton Bemiller, Diane Best, Jorin Bossen, Justin Bower, Gary Brewer, Kimberly Brooks, Terry Chacon, Gerald Clarke, Hollis Cooper, Cosme Cordova, Alex Couwenberg, Chick Curtis, Joshua Dildine, Steven Hampton, Salomon Huerta, Brian Johnson, Stevie Love, Aline Mare, Kevin Stewart Magee, Donna Morin, Andrea Patrie, Roland Reiss, David C. Rosales, Ruth Pastine, Thomas Pathe, Bradford J. Salamon, Jeff Soto, Sharon Suhovy, Juan Thorp, Chris Trueman, and Mark Dean Veca

2019 “Disclosure” at Durden & Ray, Los Angeles


Jan 5 – Feb 2, 2019
Opening reception:
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019,
7-10 p.m

Artists: Kim Abeles, Jorin Bossen, Kimberly Brooks, Joe Davidson, Dani Dodge, Donald Fodness, Kathryn Hart, Debby and Larry Kline, Conchi Sanford, Ed “Celso” Tahaney and Steven Wolkoff, Curators: Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti

Durden and Ray will celebrate the start of 2019 with an exhibition that allows people to cleanse their souls through the art of disclosure. January is about cleansing the past and making new starts. But since the early 1990s, independent polls have shown the rapid growth of those without a religious affiliation. So where do people go to confess, if not to a higher power? Maybe an art gallery? Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti decided to play devil’s advocates and create a space where the participants can disclose transgressions and progress unfettered into 2019 through art.

The exhibition includes interactive confessionals, each designed by different artists, and figurative art exploring the experience of being human through relationships, tragedy, translation of autobiography and Barry Manilow. The show is a contemporary take on the sacred and secular acts of confessing sins. Conchi Sanford’s confessional is composed of two see-through cocoons that allow people to whisper secrets to each other. Steven Wolkoff channels Bart Simpson with a piece on which people write what they will not do. Inside Kim Abeles’ confessional, people hear the sound of audio she collected one minute every day for 1440 minutes, or 24 hours, and Dani Dodge’s formal wooden confessional flashes “CONFESS” while inviting people to put their sins on display through Post-it notes. The figurative works in the show acknowledge the burden of unreleased guilt. Aesthetically, they are divided by the curators into their ideas of heaven, hell and in-between. Kimberly Brooks’ abstract figures exist in a heavenly realm, while Donald Fodness hellishly disassembles Barry Manilow. Debby and Larry Kline play prophet by mapping impending tragedy for the planet referencing Biblical plagues as they foretell natural and manmade disasters. In between are the paintings of a disconnected relationship by Jorin Bossen, and Ed “Celso” Tahaney’s vibrant take on the personal disclosures of Hollywood luminaries. Joe Davidson memorializes a life lived through concrete castings of the insides of his own shoes, while Kathryn Hart reveals her personal form of survivor guilt with a sculpture that includes found bone, which she refers to as a private confessional.

Durden & Ray
1206 Maple Ave. #832, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Hours: Sat/Sun, 12 – 5 p.m. and by appointment

Media Contact:
Dani Dodge, 213-703-9363

LARB: Artist Feature

Kimberly Brooks integrates figuration and abstraction to explore a variety of subjects dealing with history, memory and identity.  Exhibitions include Mom’s Friends, Technicolor Summer, The Stylist Project, I Notice People Disappear, Brazen and most recently Fever Dreams, a midcareer survey, at Mt San Antonio College (2018). Brooks received her B.A. at UC Berkeley (Literature, Valedictorian) and studied painting at Otis and UCLA. Upcoming exhibitions include Paintings from the Interior at UC Riverside and the Untitled Art Fair in San Francisco 2019.

LA WEEKLY Interview with Shana Nys Dambrot

Meet an Artist Monday: Painter Kimberly Brooks
by Shana Nys Dambrot

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?

KIMBERLY BROOKS: I knew I was an artist since I was little. I had a set of markers in kindergarten that I kept incredible care of, and every few years I would get more colors. When I was 13, my father took me to New York’s MoMA, and when I saw Malevich’s White on White I had so many questions and it filled me with determination. That same moment also led my late father, Leonard Shlain, to pen his first book, Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light.

What is your short answer to people who ask what your work is about?

This changes depending upon the year you ask. I fall into subjects as if into a well. I used to focus on the figure. Now I tune into my imagination, painting interiors and landscapes that I either dreamed or remember.

Kimberly Brooks, Fawn, 2018, oil on linen

What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?

I would start a publishing company so that I could collaborate with artists and writers. I love putting art and words together into a new kind of art.

Why do you live and work in L.A., and not elsewhere?

I grew up in San Francisco and Marin, where the light is primarily silver. I tried living in other places, New York (too much cement), and for a year in my 20s I lived in Paris and played piano in bars at night. It was terribly romantic, intoxicating to the point of oppressive. I was also broke. But in Los Angeles, which I discovered almost by accident due to an out-of-the-blue job opportunity, the light is gold. There was a singular moment, in a rented red Nissan Sentra on Sunset Boulevard, while the sunlight was blinking between the palm trees into my eyes, that I knew that it was here that I could be an artist in full.

When is/was your current/most recent/next show?

My current survey exhibition, “Fever Dreams” at Mt. San Antonio College, is my largest yet. It features 32 oil paintings and 20 works on paper. It’s about 21 miles east of DTLA and worth the trip. I also have a piece in the group exhibition “Nature Worship,” curated by Andi Campognone at the Mash Gallery in downtown LA.

Fever Dreams,” Mt. San Antonio College. 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut;
through Dec. 6.

Nature Worship,” Mash Gallery, 1325 Palmetto St., downtown;
through Nov. 10.