What the heck is a BlackCatTips?
A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a street folk artist from way down in the American South.
In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy.
Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain, Georgia with his nice lady wife and two little babies. He also has a pet chicken and enjoys growing orchids. One day he hopes to live in a biscuit house.
Some of the Good People I've Worked With
Kyle has painted and drawn many things for many folks over the years — from friendly homeowners to small businesses, non-profits to big ol’ corporations. His murals have adorned the walls of schools, public spaces, cars, RVs, billboards, retail stores and corporate headquarters. Here are a few of the bigger names you might have heard of...
I get asked a lot of questions. I love writing back and forth with folks about art and what I do but sometimes I end up giving the same answers over and over. So hopefully, this list of Frequently Asked Questions will help you and me out.
Do you donate art to charity auctions?
As a general rule NO, I do not. I have been advised by my accountant against the idea. I might on occasion think about donating art if the organization requesting the donated painting wanted to split the proceeds or if the organization was interested in presenting me with some sort of stipend in exchange for my time and efforts — money, supplies, equipment, travel reimbursement, etc.
Most of the time I see it as a bad business decision on my part— due to the fact that my paintings are one of my main sources of income. If I give them away all of the time I am lowering my value and putting myself in potential financial harm.
Do you do personal commission work?
At this time, I am not accepting any individual commissions or personal projects. For example, Can you paint our pet's portrait? No. I can't at this time. Will you paint a tree that grows in our yard for my husband's retirement party gift? Thanks for asking but I can't take that project on at this time.
I do however, have plenty of original art for sale here.
If your project is larger and doesn't have many stipulations or constraints, I might be able to consider it. For example, if you wanted a large mural in your home or a larger painting for your house or business and your only request was to use the color orange and light blue, then I would be able to discuss this with you.
Do you sell your artwork?
Yes I do. Art sales are one of the ways I make a living for myself. You can see the original artwork I currently have for sale here.
If you would like to purchase art you may contact me here.
I also paint murals, do personal appearances, give talks, create art for companies and organizations and find a few other ways I can trade whimsical smiles for dollar bills.
No. There is a very high chance I can't do your project for free. If you are a business or organization making a profit please don't tell me that "this job will be great exposure." That usually is not a true statement and exposure in itself is not adequate payment. Exposure plus some sort of financial compensation might be a way to move forward but not exposure or experience on its own.
Is your BlackCatTips logo a cat?
No. My logo is a BEAR. Originally I had a black cat for my logo. In the summer of 2011 I painted the BeltLine BEARS mural for the Atlanta BeltLine. After that, my BEAR character caught on and has helped define my art. If you call it a kitty or a teddy bear or a pig it is ok with me. But for the official record it is a BEAR.
Is your accent authentic?
Yes. I have spent most of my life in the Atlanta, Georgia area. My family tree has grown out of this humid red soil amongst the kudzu and the clay and most roots descend from the southern Appalachians hills. I have two family lines which spent generations in south Dekalb County, Georgia — a couple more developed an hour or so east of Atlanta. I have learned it is best to get to know yourself and be who you truly are. My voice is an authentic part of me.
Do you own a black cat?
No. My wife and I had an elderly Rat Terrier named Pup. Pup as born in 2001. We lovingly called her BEAST. Pup lived a very long dog life and we sure do miss her. We think about getting a little black Cornish Rex cat from time to time. But as of this moment, Mr. BlackCatTips owns zero cats. I do think I would like a tiny green parrot or a goat named Tommy or maybe a little speckled pecky chicken.
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Smile A While (An evening with BlackCatTips and friends)
September 10, 2022
Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street NE, Wilson, North Carolina
An Evening with Kyle "BlackCatTips" Brooks and Mike "Lightnin" Wells with Wayne Martin and the Smile-A-While Gang. Wilson Arts and ArtistADay.com present a rare combination of visual art, storytelling, and music with southern folk artist Kyle "BlackCatTips" Brooks and eastern North Carolina's own Lightnin’ Wells with Wayne and Margaret Martin and Matt Haney.More details
A Cup of Kindness – A Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks Art Show
Opening September 8 2022. 6-8 pm with artist talk.
Show runs September 8 - October 8 2022
Opening September 8 2022. 6-8 pm with artist talk.
Wilson Arts Center, 204 Nash St. S, Wilson, North Carolina
A solo art show featuring a collection of new works by Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks.More details
Finster Fest Talk
September 24, 2022
Saturday Afternoon around 3
200 North Lewis Street in Summerville, Georgia
Kyle BlackCatTips Brooks will be giving a short talk during Finsterfest. He will also be there all afternoon selling and signing his book Smile A While.More details