Brian Brooks


Hi, my name is Brian. I am an artist. For more about what I do, please don’t stop reading.

I paint plein air style paintings of the buildings and sidewalks in my immediate neighborhood in Oakland. You can find me most evenings.
7PM-9PM, Telegraph Avenue 51st – 45th. I post these paintings on my painting Instagram account @bb94609

I am also a graphic artist known for my work with Emily The Strange, Oopsy Daisy, and Boyz On Da Run™ Last year I created a beer label for Gigantic Brewery

I occasionally create short films of myself interacting with my surrounding neighborhood. I post these to my main Instagram account @brianbrooksofficial

Hoopers Loopers (2019) 27 films
Daily Chair Film (2018) 42 films
Invisible Dot Dance (2018) 7 films
Unsettling Sunset (2018) 39 film
Visit my Youtube Channel

Brian in the press

2016 Mark, Julian Radically Sharing Temescal
A group of artists, hackers, and other creative people have launched Omni Commons, a new community resource center in North Oakland that they hope will be an antidote to gentrification. January 21, 2015

2009 Woo, Stu “Oakland’s Temescal Goes From Rundown to Reborn, How Local Merchants Found Success After Years of Work to Attract New Businesses and Reshape Their Neighborhood”December 3, 2009.

2007 Virella, Kelly. ”The Strange Drawings of Brian Brooks, The artist behind Emily the Strange attempts to exorcise his creation from his art.” Eastbay Express Feature, October 31, 2007.

2004 Fader magazine, 23

2001 Smith, Brian. “Zine Buddha, Local artist Brian Brooks watches his work go from sticky barroom floors to flying off international clothing racks”. Phoenix New Times Feature, May 10 2001.

2001 Searleman, Eric. The It Girl: As Emily Flourishes, Millions Turn and Face The Strange. Arizona Republic, March 29 2001.

1999  Athitakis, Mark. “Riff Raff, Morrissey Gets Colored Black on the Outside, Because Black Is How He Feels on the Inside”, SF Weekly, October 13 1999.

1993 Baird, Robert. New Releases From the Desert: Breakfast With Idiots S/T release, Phoenix New Times, September 1, 1993