René Westbrook

René Westbrook

2023 Awardee

René has worked as a multimedia artist for five decades. A graduate of Boston’s Massachusetts College of Art, René has gone on to become an award winning recipient in sculpture, painting and photography. Her most recent awards include the SOLA, 2023 Artist Trust, Olympia Traffic box art selection, 2023; Artist Trust GAP, 2022; ArtsWalk, 2022, and Jordan Schnitzer art grant, 2020.

René has been selected as an artist in residence at several notable art centers, including AAMARP-African American Master Artist in Residence Program at Northeastern University in Boston and Artists in Residence for California Council of Arts. Rene’s artwork has been in the permanent collection at the Museum, National Center for African American Artists, Boston, where she has been in group and solo shows. Her work has been shown in Massachusetts Masters at Boston Museum of Fine Arts and more recently at Museum of Art, Pullman, 2021. René artwork is in public institutions; Kaiser Permanente, California and Seattle Children’s Hospital-Brown clinic in Seattle, Washington.

As an eclectic artist, René seeks to engage the viewer as a visual Oracle of creative ideas that can stimulates the senses and become the vehicle to hidden mysteries she wants to explore. To this end, painting, collage and photography work as a catalyst to a new direction of inquiry for her digital compilations. René skillfully reinvents her original work and redefines them through a rupture of color and content. These exciting new images present a shift in how far the current work can ascend.

Example Work

Detour, 2022

Original photograph, painting with digital overlay
16" x 20"

Denial is the new religion, 2023

Original paintings with digital overlay

Listen when they Speak, 2023

Original paintings with digital overlay
16” x 20”

Celebrating the Ancestors, 2023

Original paintings-digital overlay
16” x 20”

Tree Spirits, 2021

Original painting, collage compilation with digital overlay
16” x 20”


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