JEFF BROUWS (American, b. 1955)

Through color images of road signs, abandoned factories, strip malls, and gas stations, Jeff Brouws documents a national identity. His personal interpretation of contemporary American culture asks a series of sociological questions. Beyond mere documentation, Brouws comments on the cycle of construction, destruction and regeneration.

Born in San Francisco, California in 1955, Brouws is a self-taught photographer. In his artist’s statement, Brouws writes that he “has combined anthropological inquiry and a bleak aesthetic beauty mining the overlooked, the obsolete, the mundane.” Brouws currently lives in upstate New York with his wife, Wendy Burton, who is also a Robert Klein Gallery photographer.

Selected Collections:

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco Museum of Art, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City

Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ


Approaching Nowhere, 2006

Readymades: American Roadside Artifacts, 2003

Inside the Life Reptile Tent: The Twilight World of the Carnival Midway, 2001

Highway: America’s Endless Dream, 1997

Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations, 1992