Brooke Newman is a BFA student who will graduate in May of 2016. I am delighted and honored that she is one of my Facebook friends.
Artist Statement: “I have been painting animals for the past year. It occurred to me, after a few months, that the animals in my work were conveying distinct, and sometimes deeply personal emotions- they had become a type of self-portraiture. For many of us, connections are felt to certain animal species: whether it be the protective “spirit animal,” the puppy that we have at home, exotic animals, or those which are domesticated for our use. I found that I connect to the “idea” (or symbolism) that many of them represent, depending on my emotions in the moment.
With oil paint on canvas, I instinctively use brushwork and color to portray my state of mind. My choice of animal is a spontaneous one. I have a more abstracted approach to form and space. My inspiration for this more gestural, “Fauvist” styled work stems from watching my father paint when I was a child, and from the contemporary, Native American work of the artist, John Nieto. Both of these painters use bold, searing, non-local color and isolated subjects amidst colorful backgrounds.
I hope to show that powerful depth of feeling can be clearly depicted in color, simple form, and spontaneous gesture: that exact moments in time can be captured in paint. My hope is that the viewer can relate to the animals that I chose to represent those moments.”