Creating otherworldly backdrops for mystical iconography has long been a driving force in my work. Wormholes, starscapes and portals serve as monuments to something greater than myself. Through the process of making this work, I attempt to share my vision of a higher power and purpose.

The scenes captured in this work show the transition between two different realities using cosmic structures, hands of worship and blank wooden backgrounds. The high contrast between the bare wood and painted imagery creates a surreal environment detached from our current time and place. The slumped-over bodies depict an awkward sense of discomfort and yearning. They are suspended in transitional acts of giving and receiving. The scenes show a before-and-after story not completely revealed to the viewer.

My primary intention is to show universal themes of love, loss and redemption – subjects that transcend race or creed; worlds too far away to resemble any one place; and sacred rituals that could be part of any culture.



Adrian Landon Brooks (born 1983) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute  and currently lives and works in Wimberley, Texas. Brooks works predominantly in the  mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and  old photographs as his canvases. He has exhibited throughout the United States and  internationally, notably with Antonio Colombo Gallery and Andenken Gallery. In addition  to his gallery work, Brooks has also completed large-scale installations and murals for  companies such as Meta, Google, and Indeed. Brooks has also been featured in  Juxtapoz, VNA, Art Maze Mag and the West #126 issue of New American Paintings.