Photo by Brooks Anderson

Photo by Brooks Anderson

The landscape has historically summoned the artist to transcribe its compelling mysteries. Simply put, my goal in painting is not to copy Nature, but to stand back, pause, and dive in, to reveal its depths, to feel Nature, to transcribe what I see (spiritually); and to relish in the act of painting, responding to what is happening on the surface — as if this is the first time this vision has been bestowed and revealed. One client of mine recently saw a post of my painting, "Praying for Land, no. 4,” and exclaimed, “Turner!” I take it very seriously that I consider myself a Modern Luminist, much like JMWTurner; but also a contemporary contribution to American Luminism of the Hudson River School II. I spent a year in southern France, completing over fifty paintings in the symbolic style of the Nabis, which was founded by Gauguin. I paint in multiple layers, with a heavy influence of the energetic work of Richard Diebenkorn in the underpainting.

Painting evocative landscapes, seascapes, cloudscapes and abstracts has been my sole career. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University in Northridge, studying with prominent artists of the Los Angeles art scene. I lived and studied in Maine with William Holst, a student of Hans Hofmann. My paintings have been represented by New York City’s finest midtown Contemporary Realism galleries — David Findlay, Jr., Fine Art; Schmidt-Bingham; and Sherry French — and are now found in numerous collections — including the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa, and are featured in the seminal book, Spirit of Place: Contemporary American Realism in the Landscape Tradition, by John Arthur


Brooks Anderson's work is currently on view:

  • Addington Gallery 704 N. Wells St, Chicago, IL 312.664.3406 http://www.addingtongallery.com

  • Chase Young Gallery 450 Harrison Ave., No. 57, Boston, MA 02118 617.859.7222 http://www.chaseyounggallery.com

  • Cooper & Smith 10 Main St., Essex, CT 06426 860.581.8526 https://www.cooperandsmithgallery.com


  • The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK


  • AT&T, NY

  • Citibank, NY

  • E.F. Hutton and Co, Inc, NY

  • Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, Tokyo, Japan

  • The Art Collection of Massachusetts Financial Services, Boston, MA

  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Co, Inc, NY

  • Seavest Collection, NY


  • The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa. OK  “Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition”


  • David Findlay, Jr. Fine Art, NY

  • Schmidt-Bingham Gallery, NY


  • Arthur, John. “Spirit of Place: Contemporary Landscape Painting and the American Tradition


  • David Findlay, Jr., Fine Art, NY

  • Schmidt-Bingham Gallery, NY

  • Sherry French Gallery, NY

  • William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

  • Olga Dollar, San Francisco, CA

  • Bolen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

  • Neuberger Museum of Art, NY "The Seavest Collection of Contemporary Realism"

  • Gilcrease Mueum of Art, Tulsa, OK "American Art in Miniature"

  • Eideljorg Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN "New Art of the West 4"

  • Runnings Gallery, Seattle, WA

  • Orlando Museum of Art at Loch Haven, FL "Contemporary Romantic Landscape Painting"

  • New York Academy of Art, NY

  • Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA