Kimberly Brooks

Photo by Audrey King

Kimberly Brooks is a contemporary American artist and author of The New Oil Painting with Chronicle Books.  She is known for her portraits and landscapes in series addressing identity and memory (“Mom’s Friends”, “The Stylist Project”, “I Notice People Disappear”.) 

Her paintings have been exhibited and featured internationally. Her latest exhibition “New Abstractions” in Los Angeles at Zevitas Marcus, is a result of a year long investigation of capturing the essence of painting for the cover of her book.
Brooks speaks about her work, and the science of creativity to museums, Tedx, and Podcasts including the National Endowment for the Arts.  Brooks conducts workshops at institutions online via her acclaimed artist program. For information on exhibitions and more: 
Storm 20 x 16 in. Oil on Linen
Red Wave 20 x 16 oil on Linen
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  1. […] Kimberly Brooks is a painter who has been making art since childhood. Brought up in a family of doctors, the expectation was that Brooks would take up medicine. She enrolled in a pre-med program in college but her dorm was situated next to an art store. At first, she was timid to try any of the supplies until one day an art student introduced her to a tube of cadmium red paint. Brooks bought the paint and carried it around for years before she had the courage to try it – once she did, she knew that painting was to be the focus of her life. To hear more about Brooks’ life in the arts, as well as a discussion about her father Leonard Shlain, a doctor who became the author of a book later in life, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Kimberly Brooks is a painter who has been making art since childhood. Brought up in a family of doctors, the expectation was that Brooks would take up medicine. She enrolled in a pre-med program in college but her dorm was situated next to an art store. At first, she was timid to try any of the supplies until one day an art student introduced her to a tube of cadmium red paint. Brooks bought the paint and carried it around for years before she had the courage to try it – once she did, she knew that painting was to be the focus of her life. To hear more about Brooks’ life in the arts, as well as a discussion about her father Leonard Shlain, a doctor who became the author of a book later in life, listen to the complete interview. […]