Rupert Brooks lives and works in rural Devon at Black Dog Studios. The Artist grew up in an environment where the arts were part of everyday life and were encouraged (his father is marine painter Robin Brooks) At the age of 16 Rupert won an Art Scholarship to Blundell’s School in Tiverton and went on to study painting and art history at the University of Wales, Aberyswth, graduating in 1997.
Black Dog Studios takes its name from the little village of Black Dog where Rupert lives. After graduation Rupert returned home to Devon to focus on painting, concentrating in particular upon depicting the human figure and portraits. He is also a renowned painter of still lifes.
Rupert has gradually been building a reputation for his painting throughout the West country and further afield at the Mall galleries in London, Hatton Gallery in Newcastle and Nick Whistler Art in Sussex. He has won Several awards including The 2002 David Messum Prize from the South West Academy ( SWAC), a finalist in the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’ competition in 2004 and the 2006 Marine House at Beer art prize from the SWAC.