Upon returning from two solo exhibitions in Italy, LA cityscape artist Brooke Harker will share a variety of works at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica.
Image: Carnival of Dreams by Brooke Harker 48 x 48 ink-acrylic-oil on canvas 2011
The exhibit will include the painting that landed Harker's five-month painting residency in Italy in 2015. During that time she created twenty paintings on canvas, which highlighted various perspectives of Los Angeles, a frequent source of her inspiration. The exhibition, curated by Alfio Borghese, most recently toured to Satura Art Gallery in Genoa, Italy in January 2016.
"Memoirs of Cities," includes a collection of works at Upper West created by Harker from 2011-2015. The exhibit features paintings depicting Harker's spin on New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and Catalina.
“I have always liked the vibe of Upper West for exhibiting art,” says Harker “it is trendy spot and of course I am excited to be a part of that energy. The environment feels cared for and that is mirrored in the food they serve and probably why so many people love the restaurant so much and want to be there.”
Image: Artist Brooke Harker with one of her works, Heart of the View.
Harker speaks about the personal connection she feels to her paintings. “They are my memoirs…and then they become part of another person’s memoirs. I love seeing the paintings I have created later in the background of photos on Facebook at gatherings of all kinds… It really is quite a gift to know that something I made gets to be a silent witness to another person’s life and in turn it become part of their memories.”
Don’t miss the opening reception of “Memoirs of Cities” at Upper West Restaurant on Sunday, February 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Upper West Restaurant is located at 3321Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica 90404; 310 586-1111; http://www.theupperwest.com/