Artist Brooklin Soumahoro Wants To Be as Flawless as a Machine

Brooklin Soumahoro at his studio in Los Angeles.

At first glance, Brooklin Soumahoro’s paintings appear manufactured. “I want it to be so good, so technically flawless,” he says, “because that’s how I work—like a machine.” But this self-description belies the level of warmth and care that he pours into every piece. “I grew up playing sports, and my coaches would always say, ‘You have to leave it all on the field.’ I need that feeling of leaving it all in the studio.”

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