Monday, October 24, 2011

Vancouver Art: Troy Brooks and His Colossus

While scouring Vancouver for cool art, we ducked into Adrenaline, a tattoo parlor, to see what they might offer. Artist Troy Brooks had a few prints on the walls which blew all the others out of the water. Very strong, commanding yet soft portrait based works with a dash of surreal narratives thrown in.

After checking out Troy's website, it is obvious this guy has his chops down. He has a huge new body of wonderful work, based on Sylvia Plath's "Colossus", (one of my favorite books of poetry.) Below are just a few gems (some are cropped) from his new works and the info for Troy's upcoming solo show in Toronto. It opens this Thursday -  it looks to be a stupendous exhibition.

Troy Brooks

Troy Brooks

Troy Brooks

Colossus opening reception October 27, 2011,
 Thursday 6pm to 9pm
 @ Toronto's Pentimento Fine Art Gallery, 1164 Queen St East. 

"Colossus" (artist Statement)
This series is inspired by the writing of Sylvia Plath. The characters in these paintings are not images of Plath herself. They're based on the archetype that surfaces for me in her poetry; the persona of a conflicted young woman with monolithic ruminations, trapped in simple, demure settings and the repressive social mentality of the 1950's. These paintings are about a woman, much bigger than the fatuous definitions imposed on her. She is, at once, expanding and in the process if imploding.

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