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Charles Philip Brooks, born in North Carolina, studied in New England in the studio of highly respected Boston School authority Paul Ingbretson and with the renowned American Barbizon painter Dennis Sheehan. He is widely known for his evocative Tonalist landscapes. His early work incorporates elements of impressi… Read More
Charles Philip Brooks, born in North Carolina, studied in New England in the studio of highly respected Boston School authority Paul Ingbretson and with the renowned American Barbizon painter Dennis Sheehan. He is widely known for his evocative Tonalist landscapes. His early work incorporates elements of impressionism and firmly rooted in the American Barbizon tradition, as established by such artists as George Inness, Alexander Wyant, Bruce Crane, John Francis Murphy, Dwight William Tryon, and North Carolina’s own Elliott Daingerfield. Further influences include the painters Eugene Boudin and Charles -Francois Daubigny, as well as the many other masters of the French Barbizon School.

His recent works include paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures reflecting a highly emotive and personal approach, informed by a deep reverence for the history of art.

Statement On Painting

The tradition of Tonalist painting is one of intimate and nuance-filled art. The aim of my predecessors has been to reach ever-heightening subtleties of form through the poetic rendering of nature. In this spirit, my work is a continuation of a century-old tradition of American landscape painting. Many of my paintings reflect humble subjects, which I return to often and work from with great care. My interest lies in landscapes that remain largely untouched by modern development, but instead preserve the quiet aspects of the natural world. Read Less
Charles Philip Brooks

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Born 1978

EDUCATION
(2000-2001) Studies at Paul Ingbretson Studio
(2001-2004) Private study with Dennis Sheehan

RESIDENCIES
2009-2012 Artist in Residence at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
Lead instructor at Imperial Centre Painting Studio
2012 Artist in resid… Read More
Charles Philip Brooks

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Born 1978

EDUCATION
(2000-2001) Studies at Paul Ingbretson Studio
(2001-2004) Private study with Dennis Sheehan

RESIDENCIES
2009-2012 Artist in Residence at Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences
Lead instructor at Imperial Centre Painting Studio
2012 Artist in residence at Maria V. Howard center

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Vow Of Silence: New Paintings, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Raleigh, NC
2010 Chase the Pale Moonlight,12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Contemporary Tonalism , North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, NC
Timbre Of Silence, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
North Carolina Twilight, Kinston Arts Center, Kinston, NC
2008 Prose, Poetry, and Painting 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
North Carolina Tonalist, Wisconsin Union Gallery, Madison, WI
2007 Nocturnes, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2006 Southern Romantic, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Recent Tonalist Paintings, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2005 Gray Skies and Golden Glazes, Café Gutenberg, Richmond, VA
2004 Charles Philip Brooks: Spring Showing, Thompson Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2002 Charles Philip Brooks: Prints and Drawings, Cardinal Gallery, Raleigh, NC
The Tradition of American Barbizon, Cardinal Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2001 Deep Woods and Dark Glades, Cardinal Gallery, Raleigh, NC
1999 Holiday Exhibition, Historic Tucker House, Raleigh, NC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2012 Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC (with Tripp Jarvis)
You and I, Ignition Gallery, Vashon, WA (with Anelecia Hannah)
2011 100 Under 1000, Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh. NC
2010 Ex Libris - Contemporary Bookplate Design, Kinston Arts Center, Kinston, NC (co-curator)
2009 Metamorphosis Project, Artspace, Richmond, VA and Kinston Arts Center, Kinston, NC (travelling exhibition with Richard T. Scott, Adam R. Miller, and Jonathan Matthews)
2007 Nocturnes: Divergent Visions, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA (with Chris Semtner)
Mid-Atlantic Group, Art Works, Richmond, VA (with Jason Arkles, Lee Johnson, and Henry Wingate)
2006 Small Works Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Richmond Invitational Exhibition, 12 12 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Life Passages, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC (with Jason Arkles, Lee Johnson, and
Henry Wingate)

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2005 2nd Annual Holiday Exhibition, West End Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Day after Thanksgiving Show, Art Works, Richmond, VA
Brooks, George Bramhall, and Shawn Hennesy, William Ris Galleries, Stone Harbor, NJ
5th Annual Small Works Show, Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY
American Society of Interior Designers, Historic Heck-Andrews House, Raleigh, NC
2004 Students of Charles Philip Brooks, Grace Street Studio, Richmond, VA
Grace Street Studio, Richmond, VA (with Jason Arkles )
Artista Vista, I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Columbia, SC
4th Annual Small Works Show, Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY
American Impressionism: Then and Now, Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill Bay, ME
2003 Vista Lights, I. Pinckney Simons Gallery, Columbia, SC
It’s a Small World, Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY
2002 Paintings, Glenwood 20 Gallery, Raleigh, NC (with Dan Helgemo)
Poetic Landscapes , Gace Li Wang Gallery, Raleigh, NC (with Cheryl Sweeney)
2000 North Carolina Association of Educators, Raleigh, NC (with Troy Jeffries)
1997 Yellow, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2011 Donahue, T.S. “Rocky Mount’s Centre of Attention,” artsee Magazine, July / Aug. 2011.
2009 McFarland, Laura. “Painting is Only Part of New Art Program,” Rocky Mount Telegram, 15 Jan, 2009.
2006 Basseches, Professor K. B. “The Eyeful: Considering Realism,” Richmond.com, April 2006.
“Spartanburg County Museum of Art in Spartanburg, SC, Offers New Exhibits,” Carolina Arts, April 2006.
2005 Magher, Maria. “Surry Arts Council Names Winners,” The Mount Airy News, 9 April, 2005. Read Less
Letter to the Student of Painting


Your day contains a great measure of freedom. Your responsibility as a painter is here within the walls of the studio and in the setting of the landscape. You have the opportunity to exercise genuine mastery at every step, and it is in this spirit of grand possibility that I ho… Read More
Letter to the Student of Painting


Your day contains a great measure of freedom. Your responsibility as a painter is here within the walls of the studio and in the setting of the landscape. You have the opportunity to exercise genuine mastery at every step, and it is in this spirit of grand possibility that I hope you will reflect on the advice made plain here.

Do not grieve too long for the troubles of the outside world. There is important work to be done here. We can best express our care for all others by attending to our work well.

Allow yourself the peace of purpose and the knowledge that to make another attempt with the brush is a noble thing. If you accept the discipline of the truest principles of art, then yours is the reward of an unbroken line of tradition.

Therefore, you may earnestly free your mind of all heartaches, sadness, and transitory despairs. Creation is above these things.

Your vocation is as real and as true as any other. Those who denounce the artist as idle manifest a deep ignorance of the nature of art. Have faith that the civilized will somewhere, at some time, value your well-wrought works. It is a miracle that the world keeps its havens for art and yet it does. Know that to create art is to do a necessary piece of work. The most noble pleasures and measureless joys result from such endeavors. True art is undeniable and it is a gift for all humanity.

The threefold responsibility of the artist is: to creation, the individual talent, and to humanity. For creation – the whole of nature – we must cultivate prayerful awe. This is our source of work and our refuge as well. We should seek harmony with nature. For the individual talent – long hours and years of steady industry hope to find our abilities fulfilled, our minds, hearts, and hands put to valuable service. In this way, we maintain the sanctity of art. Lastly, we make to humanity a willing gift of all we do. Our control over the material world lasts only a lingering moment and it takes a generous soul to build the ambition of a lifetime and then to hand it over in trust to the future.

Painting requires the bravery of solitude. Painting requires disciplined labor. To be a painter is to search the world with a benevolent eye for every subtle beauty that the infinite world offers.

Here is the opportunity to give your honest effort and to add in any small way to the legacy of art. Cultivate patience in your heart and you will improve. Learn to see well and your hand will become sure.

No pain or doubt can invade the honest soul engaged in the communion of creation. We artists must love the world with our deepest selves and forgive it at every turn.

To paint even a little passage with a measure of quality is to achieve a life’s triumph.

Spend your days wisely with the best thoughts and works of those who have walked the road before you. Search their paths, their timeless inspirations, and the lineage of their genius. Learn your craft well and your talent will mature into its full possibility. Keep an obedient heart before nature. She is the master above all other masters. Nature is the concrete manifestation of all that remains true and sublime. Let us always be thankful for her abundance and hopeful that we might approach her in our art. Nature will renew every generation of painters, ready to illuminate the minds of those who practice the art with what is calm, rational, beautiful, sublime, and eternal.

Such is the purity of your vocation. Treat every moment before the easel as a quick and tender opportunity. Invest your most noble self. Give your most noble self. To be a painter is to enjoy a precious state of life.

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