Kim Alsbrooks

Contact Information

Snyderman -Works Galleries
303 Cherry Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
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Artist Bio

I grew up in South Carolina. Born in Charleston in 1961. I lived in Arizona for 10
years. Philadelphia has been my home for the last 4 years and 5 years prior, total
9 years. I am currently self employed, primarily contracted by the Mural Arts
Program, city of Philadelphia, as an artist.

My “White Trash” series began in 2004 and was originally conceived as a broad
statement against ideas about the social elite and their cultural values as
romanticized in art and history museums and books which depict their agreeable
lifestyles, artifacts and wars. The counterpoint is that the records ignore the bulk
of our historical past which includes many classes of people, ways of life, and
stories of wars that are not told. That which most likely had the most import on
our culture and history seems to have been discarded, trashed.

And so I thought to challenge the ideals and perhaps level the playing field by
depicting various sought after images on trash. The portraits are fashioned after
the miniatures seen in museum collections, usually watercolor on ivory, hence
the oval shape. This series of miniature portraits further became known as “My
White Trash Family

On technique. The trash is found flat, on the street. You cannot flatten the trash. I
have tried everything. It must be found so that there are no wrinkles in the center
area and the graphics must be well centered. Then the portraits images are
found and married to the trash in such a way that they are complimentary. The
can is gessoed in the oval shape. The image is drawn in graphite, painted in oils
and varnished. Some are finished as graphite drawings.


1988 – 1989
University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, IL
Graduate studies in printmaking

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

1981 – 1983
College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Fine Arts

Continuing Education
Apprenticeship, Fabric Workshop Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions

Last Memories: The End of My White Trash Paintings, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
White Trash, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Kim Alsbrooks, Third Boat Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Splendour and Elegance, Lime Blue, Charleston, SC

Portraying Kinship: Work by Kim Alsbrooks and Helen Mirkil, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride At Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011 – 2012
P.pod Pop-up, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Flower, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Small Worlds Exhibition, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

Dear Japan, WT, Art Connects New York, NY

About Face, Two Window Project, Berlin, GA

Boxers and Fighters, Two Windows Project, Berlin, GA

Creative Capitol, Eakins House, Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA

King Midas Golden Touch, Saint March Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cherishables, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Diverse Chorus, Neurotitan, Berlin, GA

Time Capsule, Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento, CA

Collected Works, Youngblood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

The Head Show, College of Charleston Halsey Gallery

Pop-Aganda, Tryon Center, Charlotte, NC


Kelly, Tara “‘White Trash’ Series Portrays Founding Fathers On Beer Cans By Artist Kim Albrooks,” Huffington Post, January 23, 2012

Wills, Betsy “‘White Trash’ Tin Can Paintings by Kim Alsbrooks,” Artstormer, October 20 2012

The White Trash Series by Kim Alsbrooks,” Juxtapoz, October 21, 2011

White Trash Art by Kim Alsbrook,” Art Nectar, December 6, 2010

Art Phag: Kim Alsbrooks,” Scrapple TV, October 15, 2010

Pjattrofurnar, Iceland, August 13, 2010

O’Toole, Meighan “New Work Kim Alsbrooks,” My Love For You Is a Stampede of Horses, July 15, 2010

Sirizzotti, Catherine “Trash Worth Recognition at Bambi,” Art Blog, June 17, 2010

Benner, Conrad “VIDEO: June’s First Friday with Conrad,” Things To Do Philly, June 10, 2010

Bussman, Jeffrey “First Friday, June 2010,” Post-Nonprofalyptic Blogspot, June 6, 2010

O’Toole, Meighan Juxtapoz, May 18, 2010



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