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Two Minutes to Midnight, Oil on Canvas
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.

Oil on Canvas
JD Commission
Oil on Canvas
Girl with a Button

Oil on Canvas

Oil on Canvas
I's to the Right
No's to the Left

Oil on Canvas
The Fourth Earl Of Iddesleigh,
Oil on Canvas

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