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Urban Suburban Magazine - Philadelphia's Best Kept - Moe Brooker

Moe Brooker: 
More Than An Artist
 

by Sande Webster


When looking at the abstract work of Moe Brooker, whether it be painting, drawing or sculpture, you can feel the presence of “Unspeakable Joy”.  His relationship and connection to God is ever apparent and indeed, each work is signed at the bottom, “TTGG”,   To the glory  of God. And it is  a God ever present in the universe that gives  Brooker an optimism,  an ability to express the richness of his talent and his life in his work.

The story of his accomplishments is dazzling.  From his days at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to his MFA at Tyler.  In 1987 he spent three months as the guest artist at the Tianjin College of Fine Arts in Tianjin, China. and then on to teach as an associate professor  at University of Virginia, University of North Carolina, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.  Then back to Philadelphia as professor at the Academy.  on to New York as Chairman of the Foundation Department at Parsons School of Design.  and finally, the Basics Department Chair at Moore College of Art.  He has left behind  adoring students who realize the gift they were given in his class: patience, knowledge, recognition of emerging talent, encouragement and always “to follow your dream.”

Moe Brooker is in more than fifty museums and important private collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, the American Museum at PAFA, Absolut Vodka, GM, Ford and AT&T.  Among his numerous awards is the James Van Der Zee award from Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia  and the Pennsylvania Visual Artist of the Year award in 2011 presented to him by then Governor Ed Rendell.

He is a member of Recherche, (French for choice, rare, much sought after) an African-American visual arts group whose mission was to present to the World  work of critical acclaim. His exhibitions  in the United States included Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, Macon, Chicago, Hampton and others, as well as Copenhagen, Denmark and Bahia, Brazil.

Moe’s “dream”  is in every painting.  Just stand and observe the layers of pastel,  charcoal and paint. The abstract images  that seem to dance and move about, even as you are searching for the theme of each particular work.  Jazz is still a source of information and inspiration although he has moved from Miles Davis to John Coltrane . Early artistic influences were Kandinsky, Mark Tobey and Cy Twombly.  But the reality is that his work is his own, easily recognized as a “Brooker,” never without the spiritual and always alive with the vibrant color, the marks , the patterns  that reinforce  his life affirming view of the world. To be touched by the intensity is to experience the true artist and his art.  May Moe’s dream continue on.  The world is more wonderful, more spiritual, because of Moe Brooker.
 

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