Gavin Cologne-Brookes

Studio of writer and artist Gavin Cologne-BrookesGavin Cologne-Brookes is the author of several books and essays. Subjects include John Steinbeck, William Styron, Joyce Carol Oates, Bruce Springsteen, and Polish Painting. His writing combines literary and cultural criticism, and narrative nonfiction focusing on travel and memoir.

Gavin is also an oil painter. Works of his are in collections in the United States and Europe. His portraits also feature as part of his own and others’ publications. He has a related interest in photographing places, people and wildlife. He sees writing, painting and photography as interconnected ways of examining, reflecting upon, and honouring our world.

Gavin has given talks in Luxembourg, Germany, Turkey, Romania, Kenya, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Uruguay and across the United States. He’s conducted a soutenance (PhD public viva) in France, and travelled elsewhere in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa. His talks merge literary and cultural commentary with history, politics, philosophy and memoir.

Until the summer of 2019, Gavin was Professor of American Literature at Bath Spa University. Now an Emeritus Professor, he’s currently writing a book that combines memoir and travel writing with reflections on painters and painting. He’s also preparing for a winter 2022 exhibition, Cadmium Thread: Local to Global Paintings 2011-2022. As with Paintings 1995-2011 this will be at the BSU Corsham Court Campus, Wiltshire. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter (@GavinCologne) and the Facebook link below.


Latest Book

American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen by Gavin Cologne-Brookes

American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen (2018)

Gavin Cologne-Brookes, LSU Press

American Lonesome: The Work of Bruce Springsteen begins with a visit to the Jersey Shore and ends with a meditation on the international legacy of Springsteen’s writing, music, and performances. Gavin Cologne-Brookes’s innovative study of this popular musician and his position in American culture blends scholarship with personal reflection, providing both an academic examination of Springsteen’s work and a moving account of how it offers a way out of emotional solitude and the potential lonesomeness of modern life. More



Tango, Buenos Aires (2019) - Oil Paintings by Gavin Cologne-Brookes

Tango, Buenos Aires (2019)

Gavin’s paintings provide a further kind of observation and expression. Together with his photography, these art forms intimately relate to one another. His vision of creative and critical expression is holistic. In his studio, he moves back and forth between writing and painting. Out in the world, he carries a camera. More