Bill Brookover, Layered Triangles #4 (Gray & Red), 2018. 2 color screenprint on Hahnemuhle paper. 24 x 18 inches in blackframe.
Bill Brookover writes of his inspiration, "My current body of work is a response to the unsettling times we live in. Even before the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have been living in a world of constantly accelerating change brought on by the rise of digital technology, globalized economies, & climate change. In this work I try to express these ideas through visual metaphors for dissonance & harmony. I use geometric patterning in relation to flowing organic forms, straight lines against curves, & ordered grids against chaotic markings, with high contrast, sometimes jarring color palettes. My larger art practice is grounded in my training in architecture and design, which are the inspiration for my printmaking. I learned early on that for me, creativity thrives within set boundaries, so I set rules for myself: a pattern, a color palette, a strategy for action. As I explore, I look for as many variations/combinations as possible. I’m interested in pushing the boundaries of my rules, looking for unexpected juxtapositions, playfulness, and variety within the system I’ve set in motion. I use geometry as a generator of form using the ideas of multiples and repetition inherent in printmaking to explore the idea of creativity through variety, diversity, options, possibility & surprise."
Bill Brookover is a printmaker who explores the visual world of design, color, texture, geometry, and abstract form. He uses traditional printmaking techniques of screenprint, relief, and intaglio along with cut paper and collage to express order and chaos, calmness and dissonance. Born in West Texas, he started his artistic career in architecture and fine arts at Rice University. After graduate studies in historic preservation at Columbia University, he worked for over 30 years in architecture and preservation with the National Park Service. He began studying printmaking at Fleisher Art Memorial in 2003. He has shown his work in solo shows at Da Vinci Art Alliance, the Main Line Art Center Welcome Gallery, and Artworks Trenton. He has participated in curated and juried shows in St. Louis, Pittsburgh, New York, and throughout the Philadelphia area. Brookover is a teaching artist at Fleisher Art Memorial where he teaches printmaking. In 2014 he began exploring the history of printmaking and leading tours of print collections for Fleisher printmaking students at the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. He serves on the Board of Directors at Fleisher Art Memorial, where he chairs the Sanctuary Taskforce. He is a member of Da Vinci Art Alliance where he chairs the Exhibition Committee. He is a Professional Artist Member of The Main Line Art Center, and is also a member of Second State Press, The Print Center in Philadelphia, the American Color Print Society, InLiquid, and the Philadelphia Center for the Book.