Brent Estabrook: One Thousand Moments

818 S Spring St, Los Angeles CA 90014
Feb 18, 7 PM - 9 PM — ends Mar 31, 2023
Estabrook Studios presents… “One Thousand Moments,” an exhibition of new oil paintings by Brent Estabrook.
The five pieces featured in the show are part of a series that began in 2020 and developed over the last three years. Affectionately nicknamed “Quilts” by the artist, this new body of work features the same impasto brushwork and rich color palette characteristic of Estabrook’s Stuffed Animals paintings, while shedding figurative representation in favor of abstract polychromatic grids.
The gridlike compositions contain anywhere from 40 to 400 squares which range in size from the neatly small tiles seen in the eponymous One Thousand Moments, 2022 to the large flexuous shapes depicted in Delicious, 2022. Essential to the creation process is the flow of meditation and intuition as practiced by the artist. He meditates daily in the same space as he paints, and the two activities weave together, informing one another. He approaches each painting with a mindful presence, his selection of color and composition guided by an in-the-moment instinct and the momentum it creates. Each painted square is a unique, self-contained record of a singular instance of the artist’s existence and one by one, the squares assemble into luscious colorful tapestries. Some are bursting with unbridled joy and some cultivate a quieter self-reflective experience. “It’s liberating,” the artist says of this diaristic method of painting, a feeling he hopes to pass on to the viewer.

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