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Rob Brooks
Wilbraham, MA

About the Artist

New England fine artist Rob Brooks is a contemporary painter who brings Social Realism back to the forefront. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1962, Rob has been a full time professional artist since 1983. Educated at the Art Institute of Boston, Rob studied under Nathan Goldstein and received the Academic Achievement Award at his graduation.

After graduating, Rob began a 14 yearlong career as a freelance illustrator. He was eventually asked to join Renard Represents of New York City, one of the illustration industry's most prestigious artist groups. Rob created award-winning pain…

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About the Artist

New England fine artist Rob Brooks is a contemporary painter who brings Social Realism back to the forefront. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1962, Rob has been a full time professional artist since 1983. Educated at the Art Institute of Boston, Rob studied under Nathan Goldstein and received the Academic Achievement Award at his graduation.

After graduating, Rob began a 14 yearlong career as a freelance illustrator. He was eventually asked to join Renard Represents of New York City, one of the illustration industry’s most prestigious artist groups. Rob created award-winning paintings used in advertising campaigns for clients such as AT&T, IBM and Microsoft, to name just a few. Rob was commissioned to create paintings used for the covers of two issues of Der Spiegel, Germany’s equivalent of Time Magazine. One of Rob’s paintings was used on the cover of Sydney Sheldon’s novel "Nothing Lasts Forever".

After moving to Cape Cod in the early 1990’s, Rob spent more and more time concentrating on his fine art, painting outdoors and connecting with the beauty of the coast. Nature’s repetitive rhythms and the intense, saturated light along the shore fascinated Rob. Although still a realist, this led to an abstract quality in his approach to composition and color.

Rob showed regularly in galleries around the United States, and his success resulted in his switch to painting fine art full time in 1997.

Soon after, Rob began painting urban figurative narratives that combined the abstract compositional elements of his coastal works with the abstract psychological elements of our increasingly isolated culture. As communication shifted away from the personal to email, cell phone and texting, Rob saw an abstraction of reality that he captures in his well-orchestrated paintings.

The sometimes stark, always compelling nature of his work has been described by the Cape Cod Times as "pop art with a hint of surrealism", and "hard-edged impressionism." His contemporary, realistic artworks spring from a rich color palette and strong lines to create unique and compelling perspectives.

Mr. Brooks follows in the tradition of the Northampton Realists, but with a unique style that is all his own. His work could be called Modern Americana and it focuses on urban scenes, seascapes, contemporary icons and, in his words, "kitsch." His use of vivid color, and deliberate brush strokes yields realistic yet thought-provoking images of the modern world, with a hint of the surreal.

Artist’s Work

Last days of summer
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Last Days of Summer

By Rob Brooks

Harbor moorings
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Harbor Moorings

By Rob Brooks

Kettle pond
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Kettle Pond

By Rob Brooks

Southport dinghies
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Southport Dinghies

By Rob Brooks

Sunset and main
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Sunset and Main

By Rob Brooks

A golden path
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A Golden Path

By Rob Brooks

Another cluster
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Another Cluster

By Rob Brooks

Beach day 2
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Beach Day

By Rob Brooks

Coasting
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Coasting

By Rob Brooks

Fallen giant
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Fallen Giant

By Rob Brooks

Duet 5
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Duet

By Rob Brooks

Engine four
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Engine Four

By Rob Brooks

Gull on duty
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Gull on Duty

By Rob Brooks

House by the dunes
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House by the Dunes

By Rob Brooks

Land meets sea
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Land Meets Sea

By Rob Brooks

Mouth of the harbor
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Mouth of the Harbor

By Rob Brooks

Pines
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Pines

By Rob Brooks

Saturday
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Saturday

By Rob Brooks

Twos company
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Two's Company

By Rob Brooks

Lands end 2
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Land's End

By Rob Brooks

Fields near mount tom
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Fields Near Mount Tom

By Rob Brooks

Old shed
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Old Shed

By Rob Brooks

Ice in the shadows
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Ice in the Shadows

By Rob Brooks

Beach path
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Beach Path

By Rob Brooks

Lifeguard chair
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Lifeguard Chair

By Rob Brooks

View from high head
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View from High Head

By Rob Brooks

Amusement 3
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Amusement

By Rob Brooks

Black mountain north
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Black Mountain North

By Rob Brooks

Black mountain south
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Black Mountain South

By Rob Brooks

Packaged ice
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Packaged Ice

By Rob Brooks

Clothes line
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Clothes Line

By Rob Brooks

Sunset fence
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Sunset Fence

By Rob Brooks

Sunlit palm
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Sunlit Palm

By Rob Brooks