Brooke Harker is a contemporary American artist based in Los Angeles, California. Her lively paintings of cities, often large in scale are characterized by energetic brush strokes in ink and oil paint applied to canvas with palette knives. These vibrant depictions of urban and coastal scenes, capture a sense of motion and offer a portal for viewers to travel within. Observations of the connections between people as recorded in architecture, transportation, fashion and human interactions is part of what Harker transcribes through her paintings.
Fascinated by other cultures and languages since childhood, Harker has lived abroad or participated in special projects or residencies in Italy, Germany, Japan, China and Poland with travels to several other countries along the way. Two of Harker’s works will be part of Italy’s upcoming 2018 Biennale di Frosinone/Anagni, south of Rome. Harker’s solo exhibit, Una Prospettiva Eclettica (An Eclectic Perspective), curated by Alfio Borghese toured in January 2017 to Area Contesa Arte on Via Margutta, in Rome. The collection of artworks celebrates various perspectives of Los Angeles and a few of Rome. The paintings exhibited at Satura Art Gallery in Genoa, Italy in 2016 and opened at the Villa Comunale di Frosinone in 2015. She created these works during a five month residency in Italy on a farm south of Rome. Select works from this exhibit were part of the Biennale di Frosinone/Anagni in 2016. Participation in the museum exhibit, “California Dreaming,” which featured 54 international artists and toured in 2014-2015 between Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Italy, the Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside CA, and the Riverside Museum of Art in Riverside, CA, proceeded the touring solo exhibit in Italy.
Harker continues to travel and gather inspiration through live sketches, photographs and meeting people along the way. Most recently she returned from gathering inspiration in Paris and Cuba. Her studio in Los Angeles is also outdoors where she has an opportunity to interact with passing neighbors in the California sunshine. Currently, Harker’s paintings are featured in Southern California at Lu Martin Galleries in the coastal paradise of Laguna Beach and in Northern California in another coastal gallery, Edward Montgomery Fine Art in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
Brooke Harker’s approach to the image of a city – of any environment, actually, but a city’s most particularly – insists that our experience of a place emerges from a wealth of phenomena, smaller and larger, interacting and giving one another a reason to exist. Harker’s method, reliant equally on drawing and painting throughout even the most painterly tableau, does not simply thrust us into the middle of a bustling street; it dissolves the street and reassembles it around our vision, as if we had been dreaming, been jolted awake, and found ourselves beholding a scene at once instantly recognizable and entirely alien.– Peter Frank- international art critic, The Huffington Post, Fabrik Magazine
On the map of her canvases, Brooke Harker pictures the land she imagines with her portrayal of hope; it is the city of the sun we yearn for.– Marcello Carlino- art critic, Rome, Italy