Brian Looker

My passion and commitment to the protection of wildlife and vulnerable habitats provides the compelling inspiration for my art.  Through my paintings I seek to encourage a deeper awareness and appreciation of wildlife.


My paintings are more than an ornithological or zoological retelling, rather a deeper observation of the complex linkages between nature and humanity.  My work communicates a view of our fragile environments and the  impacts of colonisation past and present.  The tensions between these realities are told through the use of allegory and symbols.  Their inclusion borrows from lessons told throughout our art history.


I prefer to use the textures and flexibility of oils to create art that resonates with life and intensity, and through the use of a limited palette, space is created for emotion and contemplation.  I consider the majority of my paintings to be portraits, presenting the image as an encounter which evokes questions and thoughts rather than simple observation.



All images on this page are copyright © Brian Looker 2023 – 2024