Elena Horowitz-Brookes


    Elena Horowitz-Brookes began painting and drawing at the age of twelve. She enrolled in adult painting classes where she studied and was greatly influenced by the works of Cezanne, Matisse and the French Impressionist movement. Soon she began drawing and painting from the human figure. In the years to follow she remained active in figurative drawing, which remains the backbone of her structural approach to drawing and painting, whether abstract or abstract/figurative in nature.
    Ms. Brookes attended Otis Art Institute for one year, then transferred to UCSB to study with noted watercolorist, William Dole. He expressed great enthusiasm for her unorthodox use of the watercolor medium. In the years to follow, she offered to the public several group and solo shows from her art studios in Los Angeles, as she continued to explore and experiment in various media, including encaustic on canvas.
    Her current work includes painting on canvas, drawings in an array of materials, and watercolor. She explores an imaginary existence where earthly terrains, micro organisms, and spacial environments reside in altered states.


    Solo Exhibitions:

    Ventura College Santa Paula, Santa Paula, CA
    "End of Bees", January 2015

    Anacapa Brewing Company, Ventura, CA, 2012

    Group Exhibitions:

    The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, 'Online International Summer Exhibition' San Diego, CA, Juror: Anita Feldman (Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs) San Diego Museum of Art June 8, 2021

    Vander Plas Gallery, "Finding Water," Manhattan, Lower East Side,
    New York, July 2, 2021

    ARC Gallery, Women's Caucus for Art, National Exhibition,
    "Containment: Stories of Art in Isolation" San Francisco, CA
    Juror: Dasha Matsuura (Hashimoto Contemporary Art) San Francisco, CA
    July 10, 2021

    H Gallery, Ventura, CA, April, 2015
    H Gallery, Ventura, CA, January, 2015
    Vita Art Center, Group Show, Ventura, CA 2013
    Oakland Community College, Michigan, "From Our Perspectives" 2012
    St. Louis University Museum of Art, Contemporary Women Artists, St. Louis, Missouri, 2012
    "Anonymous" Vita Art Center Gallery, Ventura, CA, 2011
    En Rojo "In Red" Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, CA, 2011
    Artwalk, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, CA, 2011
    "Art for the New Year" Tool Room Gallery, Ventura, CA, 2011
    "Anonymous" Vita Art Center, Ventura, CA, 2010
    Artists Union Gallery, Ventura, CA, 2010
    Artwalk, Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, CA, 2010
    "Anonymous" Vita Art Center, Ventura, CA, 2010
    Juried Show, "March" Bell Arts Factory, Ventura, CA, 2010
    "Anonymous" Vita Art Center, Ventura, CA, 2009


    Ventura County Reporter, Art + Culture: featured review, "End of Bees", February 19, 2015
    Fillmore Gazette, ‘End of Bees’ February 2, 2015
    Ventura Breeze, Art Scene, January 24, 2012

    Corporate Collection:
    Roll International

    Professional Affiliations:
    Women's Caucus for Art
    Los Angeles Art Association

    Bachelor of Fine Art, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Otis Art Institute, 1 year, pre-graduate, Los Angeles, CA
    El Camino City College, Torrance, CA