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New Blooms: Debuting Works by Brooke Rowlands


New Blooms

Debuting Works by Brooke Rowlands

At Kasum Contemporary Fine Art

Exhibiting February 20th through March 27th, 2016


                Self-taught artist Brooke Rowlands is making waves in the art world. Her work has been featured nationally from Texas to Time Square in addition to features in national television series including The Vampire Diaries. Rowlands is a native of Trenton, New Jersey who has resided in Oklahoma for the last 11 years. She credits her early influence in art to her grandmother but influences of abstract artist Franz Kline and illustrator Clare Leighton are also evident on the surface. Opening on February 20th, and exhibiting through March 27th, Kasum Contemporary Fine Art will feature new works from the artist’s studio. The exhibit and associated events are free and open to the public. The gallery will host a Preview Reception on the evening of Saturday, February 20th from 5:30-7:30 PM (RSVP required.) Persons interested in attending the Preview Reception may RSVP by contacting the gallery at 405.604.6602 or by emailing



                Rowlands approaches her work with a combination of the day’s emotion and the intention of creating alla prima. Unabashed about her intent the artist displays aggressive expressive strokes, in often lush juxtaposition of vivid color, which creates the initial perspective plane of her compositions. Once the mood of each piece has begun to deliver itself the artist selects the flower forms which will eventually emblazon the surface completing each piece. With the floral forms selected the artist takes to work on paper to complete each flower form in stunning detail using ink and other graphic media. The completed drawings are clipped from their paper substrate and their neutral color is expertly inserted into the bold abstract planes on her canvases. The artist then prepares the surface with finishing compounds that seal the layers together marring them into harmony. The result of the tumultuous combination of color and neutrality is a playful dance that exists between atmosphere and subject.



About the Gallery:


                Kasum Contemporary Fine Art’s eclectic consortium of represented gallery artists are defined by their provocatively bold artworks which challenge the observer as much as the artist; be it through technique, concept, emotion or the sheer deafening volume of compassion behind the work. It the founders’ philosophy that while anyone can create art, artists are rare; true artistry exists in the conception, the delivery and the drive to exceed the expected in all capacities. The gallery features exhibit receptions, lectures, demonstrations, pop-up exhibits, interactive installations, special performance events and seasonal patron events. The establishment is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30am – 7:30pm, Friday from 11:30am – 8:30pm, Saturday from 11:30am – 7:30pm and Sunday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Kasum Contemporary Fine Art is located at 1706 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 and can be reached by calling 405.604.6602.

New Blooms: Debuting Works by Brooke Rowlands

Feb 20 – Mar 27, 2016