“who doesn’t like a dinosaur”


These are drawings. DRAWINGS. Yep, layers and layers of graphite drawings, and who knows what else, all trapped perfectly in carefully poured resin. I finally get to ask LA based artist Brooks Salzwedel the how, what and why behind his ethereal work. Listen right up there under that dreamy forest, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First of all, a few of my favorites. These are DRAWINGS:


Oh my goodness. Note the yellowed tape… we talk about that a little later in the episode. Ok, these are the belt buckles that started things for Brooks:


So cool, and selling out constantly. Not surprising… it’s gorgeous art for your pants!

I loved this next part… it was infectious to hear how excited he was about this residency in Alaska. Clearly “nature boy” was in his element. I found a bunch of great images from this trip in his Instagram feed:


Ah, so beautiful. The image directly above is of Denali and was taken at 1am! Oh Alaskan nights. And that middle image is the “sideset” sunset he was talking about. I asked if any of those “sidesets” have made it into his work, and indeed they have! Here are a couple of examples:


Sigh. Dreamy, mysterious, so beautifully done. Ok, now it’s time to look for hidden treasure. In quite a few of his pieces, Brooks will add little details… some with personal meaning, and some just for fun {because who doesn’t like a dinosaur}:


Ah! I love those so much! The color, the details, the fog… all of it!

Now, as usual, the speed round led to a very interesting little tidbit. Guess who owns three of Brooks’ pieces… yep, the handsome and talented Jon Hamm:


“Yeah, I own three of them. Jealous?” Yes. Yes, I am Mr.Draper. And lastly, one of my favorite things about talking to these artists … getting a peek into their studios:


Gorgeous. I can almost smell the graphite and resin from here. Thank you so much to Brooks for downloading Skype just for us, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and as always a HUGE thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. ArtCenter College of Design, LA
  2. Good Eye Gallery, LA
  3. Hammer Museum
  4. Doom Generation 


comments (18)

  1. megan hurdle /// 04.23.2016 /// 4:07pm

    great piece. I adore jealous curator. megan

  2. Yen Yen /// 04.23.2016 /// 7:16pm

    Truly amazing work!!!

  3. Julie /// 04.24.2016 /// 3:28am

    Def one of my favourites!!!! Stunning work!

  4. Michael Joyal /// 04.24.2016 /// 9:41am

    This has to be one of my favorite artists yet. I love the ghostly quality to his images. Haunting and beautiful. Thank you Danielle for another wonderful podcast to listen to as I paint in my home studio. Congratulations on the audiobook!

  5. Jeremy /// 04.25.2016 /// 7:26am

    I love the art style, minimalist stuff!

  6. Laureen Marchand /// 04.25.2016 /// 11:39am

    Beautiful work. Wonderful drawing and a really interesting way of using materials. Makes me want to draw again myself.

  7. Elaine Coombs /// 04.25.2016 /// 3:53pm

    Love this work, dreamy treescapes with ‘sidesets’ and fog — right up my alley! This makes me want to go to Denali too… Thank you for these podcasts, I am finding so many new artists that I love!

  8. Nicola Fanstone /// 04.26.2016 /// 2:28pm

    Seriously inspired by this work, ethereal beauty.

  9. Cecile /// 04.26.2016 /// 2:51pm

    I’m obsessed with epoxy resin, but too scared to use it… lovely lovely!

  10. Jen /// 04.27.2016 /// 4:04pm

    Such beautiful work, and what a unique technique. It always stuns me how people come up with those kinds of things!

  11. Christa /// 04.28.2016 /// 9:01am

    lovely – and also reminds me of Corrie Slawson’s work (the multi-hued, urban version of this approach). Have you seen it? super great stuff: http://corrieslawson.com/

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  13. Hilda /// 05.02.2016 /// 11:51pm

    Brooks Salzwedel was a delight – thank you!

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  16. Lee Boyd Artist /// 05.31.2016 /// 12:07pm

    love these interviews Im slowly working my way through them whilst I work they are so natural and informative not only into the works and how they are created but the inspirational artists behind them The quality of the drawing in Brooks work suck your eyes in to search through the drawing, the eyes settle in and out of focus. A pure pleasure to view thank you

  17. Berta /// 07.03.2016 /// 6:47am

    Thank you for introducing me to this artist. His work is stunning. Wow!!!

  18. catalina vera /// 10.10.2016 /// 10:00pm

    que gran trabajo!! me encanta e inspira demasiado, gracias por compartir.

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