Image of the Brook Temple's painting announcing his retrospective.


June 21 – July 26


Encompassing a career of over six decades, Brook Temple’s work has been showcased in over fifty exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Gatos Museum, the Bakersfield Museum of Art, and the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, among many others. Temple’s work is part of more than one hundred public and private collections, including the Achenbach Collection of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Oakland Museum of California, the High Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta and the Yale University Art Museum. Private collections include Chase Manhattan Bank, CBS, and Sydney Roberts Rockefeller.  


A California native, Temple began his studies at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. In the 1960s, he moved to New York where he worked as an illustrator in the advertising industry.  Soon after, he went on to study at the Yale School of Art under the direction of Josef Albers.  His work for the next several years would reflect his studies in color theory and abstract expressionism. In the 1970s, he moved back to California and reintegrated his lifelong love of drawing and the figure into his work and became affiliated with the second generation of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. By the 1990s, Temple was enjoying a prolific period producing diverse works on canvas and paper, showing in many select galleries throughout California and joining many private collections. He also created several limited-edition prints for commercial and civic spaces including the Waverly Hotel in Atlanta, the San Antonio Airport, the Sheraton Grande in Los Angeles, and the Sheraton Harbor Island, San Diego, among others. 


Throughout his career, Temple has continued to balance abstract concepts of color, space and texture alongside his profound love of figure drawing.  His more recent works reflect a synthesis of the diverse influences and techniques he has mastered over the decades, resulting in pieces that are both timeless and modern.

Gallery hours: Wednesdays 10-4, Thursdays 10-2, Saturdays 11-3 and by appointment.