We all dig our own graves | Adrian Landon Brooks
12" x 15"
Acrylic on reclaimed wood
Adrian Landon Brooks (b. 1983) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Brooks works predominately in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas. He has exhibited in Texas, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Germany , Spain and Amsterdam. In addition to his gallery work, Brooks has been included in museum exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin and Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMOA). Brooks has also been featured in Juxtapoz, VNA, Art Maze Mag and selected into the West #126 issue of New American Paintings.
Creating otherworldly backdrops for mystical iconography has long been a driving force in my work. Wormholes, starscapes and portals serve as monuments to something greater than myself. Through the process of making this work, I attempt to share my vision of a higher power and purpose.
The scenes captured in this work show the transition between two different realities using cosmic structures, hands of worship and blank wooden backgrounds. The high contrast between the bare wood and painted imagery creates a surreal environment detached from our current time and place. The slumped-over bodies depict an awkward sense of discomfort and yearning. They are suspended in transitional acts of giving and receiving. The scenes show a before-and-after story not completely revealed to the viewer.
My primary intention is to show universal themes of love, loss and redemption - subjects that transcend race or creed; worlds too far away to resemble any one place; and sacred rituals that could be part of any culture.