Photo of Rupert W Brooks Rupert Brooks (b.1976 England) lives and works in rural Devon. Coming from an artistic background (his father is marine painter Robin Brooks), Rupert grew up in an environment where the arts were part of everyday life and were encouraged. At the age of 16 he won an Art Scholarship to Blundell's School in Tiverton, and went onto study painting and art history at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, graduating in 1997.

Black Dog studios takes its name from the little village of Black Dog where he lives and was formed in 1996 by his father and mother Robin and Mary Brooks to publish marine prints. After graduation Rupert returned home to Devon to focus on painting, concentrating in particular upon depicting the human figure and portraits, an interest which had been encouraged from his time at university. Rupert and his sister Kirsty Bonning both joined the studios at this time. It is unusual to have three painters from the same family work along side each other and although they are working in very different areas they provide useful support and criticism for one another.

Rupert has gradually been building a reputation for his painting throughout the West country and further afield at the Mall galleries in London, Hatton Gallery in Newcastle and Nick Whistler Art in Sussex. He has won Several awards including The 2002 David Messum Prize from the South West Academy (SWac), A finalist in the Daily Mail's 'Not the Turner Prize' competition in 2004 and most recently the 2006 Marine house at Beer art prize from the SWac.

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