Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Brooks Tower

Brooks Tower is a world-class, internationally recognized mosaic artist who resides in my native Oklahoma. My first awareness of his mosaics was when this piece, called, “Market Day II” won Best of Show in Mosaic Arts International 2007, the juried mosaic exhibition of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. The exhibit featured 62 pieces by artists from 6 countries and was held at Mesa Contemporary Arts at the Mesa Arts Center during the SAMA convention. (Please click images to enlarge)



Brooks uses a standard tile saw for his own special technique of forming shapes that result in graceful grout lines that virtually “paint” (or instill a painterly quality) and give his subjects complete stories with beginnings and ends. His pieces are fluid and active and address often curious subject matter.



Brooks' color choices are soft and muted, relying more on the composition and application of the tile to lend strength to the pieces.














Brooks also creates tables, doors and accepts commissions for other mosaic work. Here are examples from his web site:







For more information, please see the Brooks Tower Mosaics web site.


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