Press from Artomatic
"For my money, the best artist in Artomatic 2009 was Jessica Van Brakle, of Arlington, not shown here. Van Brakle's paintings of lace, flora, and superimposed construction cranes make pointed reference to the differences between the sexes, while quietly emphasizing the commonality between men and women. Battle of the sexes becomes my-enemy-myself. It's a simple yet complex notion that virtually no one tackles. Van Brakle does it well. She was working this same theme when we reviewed her work last August in the "All-Arlington" show at the Ellipse Gallery. It'll be interesting to see how many other pithy notions she can bring forth in years to come, but for the time being she's working this vein of gold quite nicely. You can see her work at jessicavanbrakle.com.- Kevin Mellema, Best in Show", Northern Virginia Art Beat, Falls Church News-Press, July 2009.
"When I was first exploring the 9th floor I almost missed Jessica's work. Lucky for her, I was attracted by the work of Jenny Walton, and once that caught my eye, it was natural for me to be magnetized also by her neighbor's work. Van Brakle's work is refreshing and very strong for such a young painter. If my fellow art dealers were to ask me about who to pick today and take to an art fair tomorrow and sell a lot of work, I would immediately send them to this new painter."- Lenny Campello, The Final Artomatic Top 10 Artists of 2009, Daily Campello Art News- Blog, July 04, 2009.
"So who does the collector like? Barlow wouldn't give a Top 10 list or even a favorite floor. But he did express interest in -- or lingered longingly in front of -- the work of several artists. Here's a partial list of his favorites: Floor 9: Jessica Van Brakle...."- Michael O'Sullivan, "Artomatic '09: Survival Tips From an Expert", The Washington Post, June 2009.
"Oddly enough, my two favorite artists shared a Color School meets urban landscape sensibility. Jessica Van Brakle's paintings featured bright color blocks atop floral vines intertwined with building cranes."- Stephanie Merry, Highlights From Artomatic, The Washington Post- GOG Blog, June 2009.