“A painting on the wall will change everything about the room where it hangs. The best ones are a doorway to a dreamy world where there is always something new to see.” –Angie Brooksby, Painter
Angie Brooksby, an American oil painter based in Paris, has been colorfully documenting contemporary life for more than 30 years. The artist is committed to preserving intimate moments amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Brooksby’s use of light and reflection are central to her style and heart: “The light in Paris is often the sky and shop signs reflecting off the wet tarmac and cobblestones, or it’s a white pure sunlight casting shadows on the ochre stone of the Haussmann facades.”
Brooksby’s style is rooted in North American contemporary realism but is also heavily inspired by the Macchiaoli and Tuscan colorists of the early 20th century. Using high-quality oil paints, she typically works from her own photographs to create stylized, character-driven moments that appear to totally stop the time -- romantic cafe scenes, mysterious rainy nights, a family gazing at the sea.
Brooksby received her BFA in sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also studied sculpture in Florence, Italy at SACI and later at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. For years she rode her Vespa throughout the countryside with her easel strapped to her back, painting on-site when a moment called her. Brooksby fondly recalls painting along a country road in Tuscany one day as the sun was setting. Three figures approached her, and as they came closer, she realized two were blind while the third guided them and explained what they saw. The blind couple ended up buying Brooksby’s painting. For Brooksby, this simple interaction illustrates the sacredness of the present moment.
Brooksby has participated in more than 70 exhibitions worldwide.The painter is officially registered at the prestigious Maison des Artistes, Paris. Her paintings are included in noteworthy corporate and private collections including that of Jim Watson, the scientist who discovered DNA.