I THINK IT PISSES GOD OFF TO WALK BY A FIELD SOMEWHERE AND NOT NOTICE THE COLOR PURPLE! The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Jonathan Brooks was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Brooks graduated magna cum laude, with a double major of Advertising and Fine Art Photography and a minor in Marketing, at the University of Miami. He worked for Eastman Kodak during their transition from analog to digital. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and periodicals. His Photos have been featured in major movies (Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Uncle Drew), the Emmy nominated short film series celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Endowment for the Arts- United States Of Art, and television shows (Oprah Network's David Makes Man, Bravo TV's reality show Southern Charm, The CW's The Vampire Diaries, and Germany’s Only Love Counts). His work has been exhibited in Miami, NYC, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Greece, and the UK. This includes Art Basel, the Louvre, and the biggest billboard in Times Square.
I’m Daniel, from Huntsville, AL. Ever since I saw my first big, bold abstract painting at 5 I’ve been captivated by how easy it is to get lost in color, strokes, and texture. It’s my release from the troubles of the world, and I’m always experimenting with crazy new materials.
I started drawing the human figure at three years old. I started drawing very young and have loved it most of my life. I started painting devotedly in 1993, first with watercolor, and moved to acrylic in 1995. In 2012, I started experimenting with oils and pastels, as well and I love the intensity of the color they both offer. I am currently doing a mix of acrylic background with oil on top of it. Painting is a very physical, almost musical, experience for me. Even if I spend days and weeks on a piece, I hope to always exemplify the fervor of artistic invention and to glorify playful experimentation. Truthfully, the physical application of paint and the physical act of digging into wet paint with a palette knife or even a paintbrush handle excites me. I enjoy doing portraits and figures that suggest the idea of an underlying rhythm or continual motion that is in the common moments of everyday life. I use rich, bold, expressive colors because I believe color incites longing and depicts angst and provokes revelry.
I am involved in a very exciting project right now with my work. I am using female models who are also friends of mine. We are seeking together to unlock and unfold the natural beauty and unlock feminine boldness with different poses, dramatic lighting, and confident vulnerability. The history of art is filled with men’s viewing of women as art objects. I am suggesting with my work that as women look at each other through the lenses of friendship and sisterhood, there is potential for a unique expression. I, also, continue to work on figure paintings that I can use as a more personal narrative for my emotional life, my joys, and sorrows, which are very common to all people.
Artist and designer Lary Wayne Wadsworth creates visually pleasing living spaces and creates art reflecting the human condition.