James Brooks was born on 18 October, 1906 and died on 9 March, 1992. James was an American muralist, abstract painter and winner of the Logan Medal of the Arts. James Brooks was a friend of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner on Eastern Long Island. In 1947 he married artist Charlotte Park. Considered a first generation abstract expressionist painter, James Brooks was amongst the first abstract expressionists to use staining as an important technique. According to Carter Ratcliff “His concern has always been to create painterly accidents of the kind that allow buried personal meanings to take on visibility.” In his paintings from the late 1940s Brooks began to dilute his oil paint in order to stain the mostly raw canvas. These works often combined calligraphy and abstract shapes. James Brooks had his first one-man exhibition of his abstract expressionist paintings in 1949 at the Peridot Gallery in New York.
James Brooks studued from 1923 to 1926 at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas Art Institute and with Martha Simkins.
From 1927 to 1930 at The Art Students League of New York, New York City and did night classes with Kimon Nicolaides and Boardman Robinson.
James Brooks worked as a commercial letterer and display artist to support himself.
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