On Saturday, December 17th, Corey Helford Gallery is proud to premiere a new solo exhibition featuring works by Toronto-based artist, Troy Brooks. This unique and bold series of oil paintings by Brooks, titled “The B-Girls,” will be on view through January 14th, 2017 in Gallery 3.
Known for his surrealistic portraits of elongated women and influenced by a mixture of classic Hollywood imagery and ancient mythology, the glamorous women that Brooks paints are eerily seductive and intensely emotional.
In early 2016, Brooks explored the theme of Veiled Hearts, a study of veils as a metaphor and what might lay beneath them. After finishing Volume 1, he began work on Volume 2 but feeling the need to listen closer to the voices of his muse and the girls who feature in his paintings, Brooks decided to take his initial theme and turn it on its head. He felt it was time to seek out the misfits, to bring his women out of the shadows and from behind the veil – the B-Sides to his Veiled Hearts series.
Mixing inspiration from medieval portraiture, Cindy Sherman’s disturbing take on centerfold iconography in 1981, the 1960’s sexploitation films of Russ Meyer, and Lisa Yuskavage’s erotic paintings, Brooks has fleshed out these new girls and allowed them to tell their own stories.
Brook’s “The B-Girls” exhibition is being shown in partnership with Toronto’s Gallery House.
About Troy Brooks:
Troy Brooks is a contemporary surrealist painter. His work presents an elaborate pageantry of female characters observed in allegorical settings. These women play out intimate scenes, usually caught in moments where something transformative has or is about to happen. The ‘women of Troy’ have become distinctive images on the contemporary pop surrealism scene.
Brooks’ impact on the pop-surrealist movement is widely recognized, exhibiting work in Canada, the US and Europe. He lives in Toronto.
About Corey Helford Gallery:
Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) was first established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (Anger Management, The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs) and has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goals as an institution are the support and growth of young and emerging, to well-known and internationally established artists, the production and promotion of their artwork, and the general production of their exhibits, events and projects.
CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture and collectively encompassing style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti and Street Art, and Post-Graffiti.
After nine years in Culver City, CHG re-located in December 2015 to a robust 12,000 sq. ft. building in Downtown Los Angeles, seven times larger than its original space, where it continues to host exhibitions within the heart of the city’s art community. The current space boasts three separate galleries, each of which house individual artist and group exhibitions, whereas the main gallery offers 4,500 sq. ft., providing total immersion for its attendees. New exhibitions are presented approximately every four weeks. For more info and an upcoming exhibition schedule, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com