The images I create depict places that are drawn entirely from memory and experience. I am interested in the subtle interplay found between the imagined and the real. My works are meant to act as windows, something to look through and contemplate. Each has its own travelogue. Consequently, they are as much landscapes of the mind, as they are physical representations.
Peter Brooke deftly creates both riveting detail and ethereal fog in his gorgeous landscapes. Remarkably, from a distance these oil paintings resemble photographs. Brooke loads them with linseed oil to lend them a glassy surface. Up close, though, they are not realistic at all-the brushstrokes, scratches, smudges, and stuffs are brilliantly in evidence.
Brooke’s ability to evoke minutely concrete landscape and the peculiar qualities of light in moisture plays with our sense of space: paintings can turn quickly from the delightful and grounding peculiarity of texture to a sense of dissolution in the fog. His landscapes become mirrors of human consciousness filled with moments of being lost, followed by moments of being found.
—Cait McQuaid, The Boston Globe
Peter Brooke’s Ethereal Paintings Strike a Balance Between Landscape and Dreamscape
Neither wholly idealized landscapes, nor entirely fabricated dreamscapes, Peter Brooke’s oil-on-panel vistas, on view now at Boston’s Gallery Naga in “Darkness and Wonder,” precariously negotiate the slippery boundaries between the real and the hyperreal.
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