“Elizabeth Stewart” New York Times Magazine Oil on Linen. by Kimberly Brooks Image Courtesy Taylor De Cordoba

Kimberly Brooks’ next exhibitions are a series of portraits of people with extraordinary style, focusing on major stylists, style-makers and fashion editors, styling themselves. Subjects include Grace Coddington (Vogue), Janie Bryant, Mad Men costume designer, Arianne Phillips (costume designer and Madonna’s personal stylist), Elizabeth Stewart (New York Times Magazine) and many others. The first installment of the exhibition will feature LA Stylists in February 2010 at Taylor De Cordoba in Los Angeles.

Kimberly Brooks blends figuration and abstraction to create her psychological oil paintings. She takes cues from traditional, medieval and contemporary portraiture, fashion photography, faded 70’s Polaroid photographs. She has had three successful solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York. Her work has been selected for numerous juried exhibitions including curators from Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, LACMA and California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Art Ltd., The LA Times, C Magazine, Pen Magazine (Japan), Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Elle, Marie Claire and New American Paintings. Brooks hosts an artist column entitled “First Person Artist” on the Huffington Post. Brooks earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley, trained in fine arts at Otis College of Art and Design and UCLA. Brooks maintains her studio in Venice, California. www.kimberlybrooks.com