James Brooks ( American, 1906 - 1992 )
Like his contemporaries' paintings on view in this gallery, James Brooks' painting exhibits the large scale, abstract forms, intuitive processes, and striking color combinations in an "all-over" composition to depict the energy, chaos, promise, and peril of the post-World War II era. Brooks grew up in Dallas, attending Oak Cliff High School and SMU before moving to New York in 1926. Brooks became one of the leading artists of the abstract expressionist movement that indelibly changed the history of art. A close friend of Jackson Pollock and other leading abstract expressionists, Brooks forged with these artists a new language involving a synthesis of European abstraction and art based on the subconscious.