Rupert is a portrait and figure painter who has lived and worked in
mid-Devon his whole life. He is one of the Black Dog Studio artists,
along with his father, the noted marine artist Robin Brooks, and his
sister landscape painter Kirsty Bonning. Painting has always been
an integral part of his life: he won an art scholarship to Blundell's School,
and followed on from this by studying Art and Art History at the
University of Aberystwyth. He returned home to Devon to work, and
developed his passion for painting people.
The true interest and wonder for me as a painter
lies in the recreation of the world I see around me in two dimensional
form. The idea that you can use paint to create on a flat surface
a version of reality is something magical to me and still one
which never fails to enthuse and excite me. I have always loved
painting people, partly because I find it challenging and engaging
to do successfully, but also because of the mood, emotion and story
that can be conveyed. I hope not only to interest the viewer with the
technicality of the painting but also to illicit an emotional response.
Whatever I am painting, be it a formal portrait or an every day
object, I aim for a good likeness and a diverting image.
The Migrants, Oil on Canvas
Rupert has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal
Society of Portrait Painters annual show in London
and has also had work selected for the Lynn Painter
Stainer Prize and the RWA in Bristol. He won the
David Messum prize at the South West Academy open
show in 2004 and the Marine House Gallery award for
the best work in the exhibition in the view of the
selection committee in 2006.
For more information and details about portrait commissions or other available art works please visit Rupert's website.
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