Kimberly Brooks

blends figuration and abstraction to address into various subject matter. Her most recent body of work, “Thread”, Brooks meditates on the language of fashion in portraiture. This series represents a natural progression in reaction to “The Stylist Project” where Brooks paints a series of portraits of renowned stylists who styled themselves and posed for the artist. “The Stylist Project” which debuted in Los Angeles in 2010, broached the red-hot themes of fashion, style and those responsible for omnisciently setting the trends. Subjects include Grace Coddington (Vogue), Janie Bryant (Mad Men) and Arianne Phillips (Madonna). Brooks earlier exhibitions focused on personal subject matter including “Mom’s Friends”, featuring paintings of her mother and her friends from the 1970s on the eve of their liberation from their marriages, and “Technicolor Summer” about contending with a close family member facing death. Brooks’ work has been featured in magazines and publications internationally. Her work has been featured in numerous juried exhibitions organized by curators including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the MOMA, LACMA. Brooks maintains her studio in Venice, California.

Born: New York, NY, Lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Lives in Los Angeles, CA.


2004 UCLA Painting (w Liat Yossifor), Los Angeles, CA
2002-2004 Otis College of Art and Design, (Painting w Franklyn Leigel), Los Angeles, CA
1989 BA, Literature (Valedictorian), University of California, Berkeley, CA


2011 Thread, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
2010 The Stylist Project, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Technicolor Summer, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Mom’s Friends, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
2006 The Whole Story, Risk Press Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Exhibitions 2004-2012

Coming Together, 2012
Aqua Art Miami, Taylor De Cordoba, Miami, FL, 2007-2010
Incognito, Santa Monica Musuem of Art 2007-2012
Self Portraits, Risk Press Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Scope Int’l Art Fair, Taylor De Cordoba, New York, NY 2007-
Art LA, Taylor De Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
Juried Exhibition, Juror: Elisabeth Sussman, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pleiades Gallery of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Juried Exhibition, Juror: Chris Burden, Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga, C
The Human Figure, Juried Exhibition, Juror: Joan Hugo, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA 2005
Juried Exhibition, Juror: Jordan Kantor, Asst. Curator MOMA, Pleiades Gallery Contemporary Art, New York, NY 2005
America Coming Together, Curator: Brooke Emerson, Phillips de Pury Auction House, Los Angeles, CA 2004
Los Angeles Times Book Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2003


Helander, Bruce. Artists to Watch. (2012, February). The Art Economist.
Scarborough, James. “Threads”. (2011, October). What the Butler Saw
Fine Collins, Amy. Fine Art: Kimberly Brooks Shows Her Oil Paintings at Taylor De Cordoba Gallery in L.A. (2011, September). Vanity Fair.
Newman, Robin. Thread by Kimberly Brooks. (2011, September). The Wild.
Kimberly Brooks at Taylor De Cordoba. (2011, September). Beautiful Decay.
Kimberly Brooks: A Thread That Binds. (2011, September). Architects and Artisans.
Gallery To Go. (2011, September). C Magazine.
Ruiz, Olga. Mona Lisas. (2010, April). Vogue.
Gibson, Allison. The Stylist Project. (2010, March). Daily Serving.
Rus, Mayer. Culture(d). (2010, March). Los Angeles Times Magazine.
Giokas, Panagiotis. Kimberly Brooks Gets Meta with the Stylist Project. (2010, March). 944 Magazine.
Namkung, Victoria. Portraits in Style. (2010, February). The Los Angeles Times.
Biel, Kim. Artist Profile. (2008, August). Art LTD.
Namkung, Victoria. Summer Loving In The Golden State. (2008, May).
Cooper, Nathan. Living Landscapes. (2008, May). C Magazine.
Artistic Vision (Brooks included in art/fashion story). (2008, April). Marie Claire.
Painting featured on cover. (2007, Summer). Zoo View.
Herman, Valli. Spin Through The Galleries. (2007, March). Los Angeles Times.
Williams, Lucy. Artist Profile: Kimbelry Brooks Interview. (2007, May). Lemonade Magazine.
Mothers & Daughters. (2007, April). C Magazine.
Lehmbeck, Leah. The F-Word In Art. (2007, March 2). Huffington Post.
Weekend Guide Feature. (2007, March 1). Daily Candy.
Vesilin, Emily. Artist and Activist. (2005). LA Times Disctinction.