“It’s interesting to think about my work in relation to historical paintings of salons that pictured art exhibitions or collections, that tradition of artists painting other artists’ paintings. Many of the photographs I work from are very posed and funny. Dix is just standing there on his own with a weird mask thing on looking out of it, but Mondrian and Munch are paraded in front of their work showing it off. By making those paintings it’s a way to get to know the artists a bit.” For this drawing Brooks was challenged to recreate Edvard Munch’s expressionistic paintings using only a pencil. Because they’ve been rendered with photorealist clarity, the canvases in the background seem extra primitive and surreal, and stand in stark contrast to the pristinely drawn figure.

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