Scott G. Brooks is an American artist, originally from Mt. Morris, Michigan, a suburb just north of Flint, but he currently lives and works in Washington, DC. His paintings are primarily figurative, and range from simple portraiture to intricate narratives. Often using humor, he depicts scenes using social, psychological, and political issues. Anatomical distortions separate the figures from the photographic ideal, which gives him the freedom to create his own distorted reality. His work is described as twisted and offbeat, sentimental, and disturbing.
“My work starts with a desire, and ability, to paint. It comes from an attempt to be part of history, and achieve immortality. It comes from stubbornness and refusing to give up. My work must be personal and private to succeed, so it’s about exposing myself. There are risks and resistance on my part.
Technically, the challenge is to create light, volume, and texture. Art is a reflection of our time and today, in the midst of the digital revolution, our perception is changing as well. The development of CGI, and it’s ability to synthesize “life” has forced me to look deeper into how I use paint to represent “life” .
Much of my painting process involves exploring and experimenting. Finding the right color, searching for the correct perspective or vanishing point. The right pattern or gesture of the hand. I also have a background in illustration, but I am only now embracing my experience and the technical skills I have learned and incorporating them into my art.
Using a language that is easily understood, I tell stories. I weave figures, symbols, and elements together to create a narrative to share with an audience.” – Scott G. Brooks