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. He is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries, London; selected shows include the Threadneedle, Discerning Eye, Lynn Painter Stainers, Royal Society of Portrait Painters and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Exhibitions.
In 2014 he won second prize in Artist and Illustrators Artist of the Year award. Rupert has won both the David Messum Prize and the Marine House Gallery Award for paintings shown with the South West Academy (SWAC) before becoming an Academician in 2013.