Troy Brooks unveils new solo BLOOM at Corey Helford Gallery

The king of surreal glamour will soon be unveiling his new collection of portraits – that’s right, I’m talking about the incredible Troy Brooks! Known for his deftly elongated females, Troy is no stranger to the contemporary art scene. The Canadian artist is undoubtedly a globally recognised name within the pop surrealist movement. Now, Troy will be unveiling over 20 new works – an especially large new collection in his roster – in his upcoming exhibition BLOOM, taking place in Gallery 2 at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Troy’s unique style has gained him both international shows and collectors, and his new series BLOOM only strengthens his position as a well-known creator of pop surrealist portraits. Significantly, BLOOM embodies both past and present. A calming palate cleanser in between his previous shows, his Bloom Girls have existed since the beginning of his career – and now, they finally blossom in the limelight.

Troy Brook’s new series delves further into the exploration of visual narrative, connecting the beauty of form with the elegance of the feminine, all through the interconnecting lens of Nature. The result is a series of paintings which symbolise Troy’s further development as an artist. In doing so, they imbue the viewer with a deeper sense of grounding and calm than ever found before in his works.

Bitch Velvet
Iris of Aquarium

Troy Brooks: BLOOM

I see these paintings as a sequence of garden ballets; there’s a tranquillity that I don’t think I’ve ever really explored in a series.

Troy Books, on BLOOM

Opening reception: May 18, 2024 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Exhibitions Dates: May 18 – June 22, 2024. Open to the public and free of charge!

Corey Helford Gallery

Gallery 2, 571 S Anderson St (Enter on Willow St)
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(310) 287-2340

Visiting Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For inquiries, contact the gallery via sherri@coreyhelfordgallery.com

From press release – about Troy Brooks, BLOOM

Regarding his upcoming show, Troy shares, “My motivation with this series was to convey moments of recognition, where a woman might notice her own likeness in the curve and design of nature. With each painting I realized I was creating a visual space in contrast to the chaotic pace and media pollution of the modern world. This series was intended to evoke calm and serenity, with a sensory response to the qualities of Spring.

I’ve been painting my ‘Bloom girls’ from the very beginning of my career. They started as paintings I worked on between projects, usually as a way to unwind after putting a complicated narrative together. They were a meditation, a pleasant improvisation of bold natural pigments and floral compositions.

These women are verdant, ethereal; enveloped by clusters of cyclopean flowers. They hold court in pools of vivid colours and dappled light. Each figure poses in a reaching movement, suggesting a tranquil sequence of garden ballets.

Troy Books

“This series represents a growth spurt, in that my brushwork grew more confident and expressive than it has ever been. I wanted to highlight this by letting a portion of the bare canvas show in some of the paintings, which is something I’ve never done before. I liked seeing that rough edge of oil paint frozen in the process of an image being created.

“A full series takes me the better part of a year from conception to completion. For any project to hold my interest, there must be layers that go deeper than what immediately meets the eye. Working on my ‘Bloom girls’ in the context of a series gave these radiant characters room to branch out into the other elements, from earth then to wind, fire, and water. What began as an ebullient bouquet of colour and motion flourished into a study of the eternal feminine energies in nature and the quiet intimacy of a woman in moments of profound stillness and reflection.”

Midnight Marigold

About Corey Helford Gallery:

Established in 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer/creator Bruce Helford, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) has since evolved into one of the premier galleries of New Contemporary art. Its goal as an institution is supporting the growth of artists, from the young and emerging, to the well-known and internationally established. CHG represents a diverse collection of international artists, primarily influenced by today’s pop culture. Collectively, their artists encompass style genres such as New Figurative Art, Pop Surrealism, Neo Pop, Graffiti, and Street Art. Located in downtown Los Angeles in a robust 12,000 square foot building, CHG presents new exhibitions approximately every six weeks.

Scarlet Veil

Troy Books Social Media Accounts

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Corey Helford Social Media Accounts

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About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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