Jon Brooks’ artwork is about collaboration with nature, using naturally formed hardwood, which is found and harvested in the local forests that surround his home and studio in southern NH. This wood presents itself in an array of shapes and forms suggesting possibilities for furniture and sculpture.
Jon is attracted to the architecture of nature as a compelling dance of control and chaos. His art is about cooperating with the tree shapes he finds to create a balance of form, function, and craftsmanship. Color and surface design play an important part of his expression. Born in Manchester, NH, Jon Brooks earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where he studied and apprenticed with Wendell Castle, and William Keyser. Since then he has taught and lectured widely at institutions as varied as the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, The University of Tasmania, The Haystack School of Crafts in Maine, Anderson Ranch in Colorado and The Center of Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. A leading figure in The American Studio Furniture Movement, Jon is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a furniture maker and sculptor, and for his ability to combine craftsmanship, inventiveness, and poetic whimsy.
To view more of Jon's work available at The Gallery at Somes Sound, please visit Jon Brooks.