Brent Estabrook
b.1985 Seattle, Washington
BA Fine Arts, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ.

Brent Estabrook is a Los Angeles based painter whose work acts as playful commentary on sociopolitical issues fraught with the unbridled passion of a determined young artist. Estabrook challenges the viewer to reconsider familiar images, products and ideas as he himself explores the liminal space between discovery and curiosity. His appropriation of plush toys from his youth in larger than life paintings endorses his ongoing visual campaign to relentlessly pursue your dreams.  

An impulsive decision to pursue fine art after graduating dental school left Estabrook wading in university debt, painting a series of imagined money. The playful compositions of fantasized financial freedom ironically became the force that propelled him into achieving his dreams to become a recognized visual artist.  

In his recent works, Estabrook has developed whimsical propaganda for seeking the limitlessness of dreaming in order to engage with an audience’s sense of wonder. Various stuffed animals pack canvases with vibrant, familiar textures. Stitched smiles and a recalled warmth embody the essence of an imagined world that is often left behind by the pressures of society. It is the exercise of embracing a child’s re-imagination that accompanies Estabrook’s rapidly growing career in creating art with the hope to inspire and comfort.  

EXHIBITIONS
2018 - NY Solo Exhibition, “ToyBox”, Mugello Gallery (May)
2018 – LA Unveiling Event, Mugello Gallery (April)
2018 - LA ArtShow, Mugello Gallery (January)
2017 - ArtMiami CONTEXT Fair, Mugello Gallery (December)
2017 - the ANIMALS, solo show @ Mugello Gallery (November)
2017 - LA Art Show, Mugello Gallery (February)
2017 - Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2016 - Context ArtMiami, "Perpetual Recess" w/ Mugello Gallery, Miami, FL
2016 - Longines Masters, w/ Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA), Long Beach, CA 
2016 - Context New York, "Perpetual Recess" w/ Mugello Gallery, New York, NY
2016 - 212 Arts, "Anniversary Exhibit", New York, NY
2016 - CASS Contemporary, "20x16" Tampa, FL
2016 - Smile Design Gallery and Bernard Hopkins, "The Art of Boxing Charity Event", Las vegas, NV
2015 - Context ArtMiami, "Perpetual Recess" w/ Mugello Gallery, Miami, FL
2015 - Mugello Gallery, "Maxillo Cranial Facial" solo show, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Hotel Croydon Art Basel, Miami, FL
2015 - TBC Private Art Mansion Show, Miami, FL
2015 - Smile Design Gallery "Sportraits", New York, NY
2015 - Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - LA Art Show w/ Mugello Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2015 - Shooting Gallery, "12 Year Anniversary Show", San Francisco, CA
2015 - Gauntlet Gallery, "Thanks God it's Frida", San Francisco, CA
2014 - Reddot Art Basel w/ Axiom Contemporary, Miami, FL
2014 - Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 - Tim Faulkner Gallery solo show, Louisville, KY
2013 - Axiom Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA
2013 - Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
2012 - Brit Week Los Angeles, CA 
2012 - Lionel Rombach Gallery, Tucson, AZ

ARTICLES & PRESS
May 2018 – ArtNet feature: “ToyBox”, LA Artist Moves Studio & Exhibition to NY for Frieze Week
April 2017 Asia Morris: "LBMA to Showcase Over 130 Contemporary Works of Art During Auction in Support of Arts Education", Long Beach Post
November 2016 -  Sophie Hirsh: "These Incredibly Detailed Paintings of Stuffed Animals Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again", Mashable
November 2016 -  "I Quit My Job to Paint Stuffed Animals That Brings Back Childhood Joy", Bored Panda
December 2016 - Akiya Ikeda: "Can you Notice This 'Stuffed Toy' Message?", Tabi Labo
December 2015 -  Bruce Helander: "Art Miami Continues to Grow and Flower", Huffington Post
December 2015 -  John Hood: “Interview with Brent Estabrook: “Either/Or”, Arte Fuse
November 2014 -  Boyana Atanasova: “From Dentist to Artist”, Interactive Design Institute