Brook Overline - Artist Statement

My passion for art is visceral and pushes me toward finding a pathway through.  I collect ideas and inspiration from a collection of toys surrounding my studio, as well as, lengthy bike rides which add to my collection of physical reminders.  Each one triggers an association or memory which helps to describe these narrative landscapes.  Although my thoughts can sometimes be visually noisy, as are some of my works, it translates well for me in inspiring visual day dreams. 

I title all my works to elicit a new and unique response by the viewer.  Writing titles acts as a stepping stone for getting involved.  To get there, I paint with watercolors on print paper.  This offers me an exotic, strong and vivid translation of my ideas.  I can layer it, add texture, grain and all of the elements that I hope to show in my work.  It takes me to a different arena.  I see my artwork as uplifting as I try to pass that on in my work. 

It is my intension to create an experience which creates a connection between my art and the viewer.  Using a format that is both abstract and representational, I explore space to redefine the dimensions of painting.  An explosion of flatness becomes my overriding theme. 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Show, Mushmina Gallery, Wayne, PA

Artwork featured on as "Artist to Watch"

First Street Gallery, New York, NY. Pop-Up series "On & Off The Wall"

"Art Takes Miami Exhibition", Miami, FL

The Brick Lane Gallery, London England

"Toys", Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Solomans, MD

"Mid-Atlantic Art Exhibition", Works on PAPER and of CLAY, d’Art Center, Norfolk, VA [Award for Excellence]

"Raging Against…", Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Show "Space Imagined", The Gardiner Gallery, Delaplaine Visual Arts Ctr. Frederick, MD

Solo Show, "Collisions In Space", Ezair Gallery, New York, NY

"My Space on 7th", Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC

"Postcards From The Edge", Gallery Sikkema & Co. New York, NY

"Spring Invitational Art Show", Harrison Art League, Harrison, AR [2nd place]

Solo Show, Henry Chauncey Gallery, Princeton Univ., Princeton, NJ

"21st Biennial Art Exhibition", Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE [Merit Award]

"Portraits", Charles More Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

"Annual Delaware Exhibition", Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Solo Show, Saint Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA

"Cheltenham Regional Painting Show", Cheltenham, PA

Group Show, William Penn Museum, Harrisburg, PA

Group Show, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

"Exchange Exhibition", Tel-Aviv Israel

"Philadelphia Artist in the Park", Marion Locks Gallery, Phila., PA [1st Prize]

"Washington Jefferson Nat. Painting Show", Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA. [2nd Prize]

Solo Show, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

"California National Watercolor Show", Los Angeles, CA [1st Purchase Award]

"National Drawing & Sculpture Show", Delmar College, TX

Selected Awards

National Endowment of the Arts, Honorarium for participation in "Focus"

George Sklar Memorial Drawing Award

Wolfe Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Moore College of Art - Full Scholarship


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