June Kelly Gallery

presents
Moe Brooker
Unspeakable Joy
Recent Paintings

Moe Brooker - Present Futures IV, 2012, mixed media on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches

Present Futures IV, 2012
Mixed media on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches

Unspeakable Joy, an exhibition of stunning abstract paintings by Moe Brooker that erupt in color and push energetically beyond the edges of the canvas, will open at the June Kelly Gallery on May 25.  The exhibition will remain on view through June 25.

In a statement titled Notes to Myself, Brooker writes, “My work is about the joy of the human spirit.  Joy is not happiness but a deep abiding knowledge that is way down deep inside each person.  Happiness depends upon the external, but joy originates and resonates from the internal self.”  He says his paintings are about rhythmic patterns and layered colorful surfaces that “reflect my belief in the human spirit; of invitation that celebrates and informs the emotional, intellectual and spiritual self.”

Brooker’s vibrant paintings suggest the wonderment he feels in the making of marks and effusive splashes of brilliant color in overlapping ambiguous shapes.  His guileless acts of looking, touching and feeling are experiences Brooker says are vital to his work.  “My joy is an embrace of life.”

Brooker cites jazz, poetry and even the process of painting itself as being spiritual experiences that guide and impact him as he paints.  Jazz, he says, is often a metaphor for him when plotting and considering his pictorial space.

Each of Brooker’s paintings can seem to have a life of its own that comes through in the sense of rhythm, brilliant color and random markings, like the rough and playful improvisations of jazz.  The feel of the music, the spontaneity, free and loose are like the splashes of brilliant color aligned with passionate brushwork and hints of lines scrawled randomly across the canvas.  In some pieces, Brooker allows patterns to emerge in small geometric arrangements much like the musical cadences in an overall composition.

 “I think of my work as maps that take you on a journey through an imagined universe filled with moments of joy, sadness, pleasure and delight,” Brooker says.  “My paintings are attempts to share my journey and heighten the sense of human existence that we all have.”

Brooker lives and works in Philadelphia. He holds BFA and MFA degrees from Tyler School of Fine Art at Temple University in Philadelphia. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Hampton University Museum, The Gund Foundation, Progressive Insurance Company in Cleveland, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia.

Brooker won a commission in February 2014 from the Metropolitan Transit Authority to design windows for the North Façade of the elevator tower of the Long Island Railroad building in Wyandanch, New York.  Brooker’s design consists of 12 vertical windows, each 10 feet tall and 7 feet wide, and each with a colorful, abstract pattern that he created and that was fabricated in float glass at the Mayer of Munich Studio in Germany.  The installation was completed in May 2015.

 

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Remembering What Was Once Forgotten - 2016

Hallelujah - 2016

Everything is On Its Way To Somehow - 2009-2011

Moe Brooker Bio

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