Whitney Brooks Abbott Biography

Yellow Bowl, 2017

30 x 24 inches  |  oil on canvas

Whitney Brooks Abbott is a fine arts graduate of UC Santa Cruz. She also completed a fellowship at Yale School of Art in Norfolk, CT. Whitney is a second generation member of the Oak Group based in Santa Barbara since 1986. 

Whitney was born in 1972 in San Francisco, CA.  At the age of three, she and her family moved to Carpinteria, CA, where she spent much of her childhood drawing the life she found around her on her family’s avocado and lemon ranch.  

“Painting, for me, is a celebration of our material world in a very spiritual sense.  As a painter, I study the interaction of light against surface, and take this material relationship into the personal world of my imagination.   At the same time, working with the very tangible elements of the paint itself, I honor the physical nature of creativity.

“To give to the world by taking from it, is the best way to describe why we make art.  Some paintings may be more successful than others. But if, in the process of investigation, we stumble across a new idea, or an old, well used understanding of beauty, the discovery is worth celebrating.”

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2:56 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for WHITNEY BROOKS ABBOTT: Resolution, 2018

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EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz,   B. F. A. June 1994, Art Major, with  honors
Yale School of Art, Norfolk, CT, 1993
Cate School, Carpinteria, CA 1990, cum laude

AWARDS & AFFILIATIONS

1992 - William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin ScholarshipYale School of Art, Norfolk, CT, 1993
1993 - Yale Summer School of Art Fellowship
1994 - University of California at Santa Cruz, Dean’s Award
2002 - Santa Barbara Arts Fund Individual Artist Award, in painting

PUBLICATIONS

Fine Art Connoisseur,  March 2006, “Welcome Spring” 1994 - University of California at Santa Cruz, Dean’s Award
American Artist,  September 2006, “The Oak Group, Preserving Natural Landscapes”
Southwest Art, November 2004, “In Their Element”
Southwest Art,  September 2002, “21 Under 31”
Santa Barbara Magazine,  Winter 2001, “Meet the Family”

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2018  WHITNEY BROOKS ABBOTT: Resolution, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2015   solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2013  solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2011  solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2009  “Roads Leading Home,” solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2007  “Harvest,”  solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara. CA

2005  “The Greening”   solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2003  “Industry and Agriculture,” solo exhibition, Santa Barbara Arts Fund
           “Antiphon”   solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Group Exhibitions

2017  100 GRAND, 2017, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2016  The Oak Group: A Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, 1986-2016, Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1994-2018  Santa Barbara Based Oak Group, environmental preservation themed: Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

1995-2015  Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

2000-2009  Atlantic Gallery,  New York, NY

2004-2005  Le Celle Gallery, Fairfax, CA

2005-2009  Trowbridge Gallery, Ojai, CA

1994  Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara , CA

Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Cabrillo Arts Center, Santa Barbara, CA

Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Nicassio, CA

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,  “The Political Landscape”, Los Angeles, CA

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