Maurice Brooks of Salt Lake City, was a fine sculptor. Nevada-born, sixteen year old Brooks began art lessons at University of Utah with J.T. Harwood and A.B. Wright. He also studied with sculptors Torleif Knaphus and Gilbert Griswold, assisting with ornamental work on Griswold's Mormon Battalion Monument, which is located on Utah State Capitol grounds. Yet, Brooks later credited sculptor Millard F.Malin as his most important mentor. Serving an apprenticeship with Malin beginning around 1925 (Brooks was with him for approximately eight years), he also worked on Malin's Salt Lake City-located Sugarhouse Pioneer Monument during that time. A teacher at Salt Lake City's Art Barn during Works Project Administration/Federal Arts Project days, Brooks managed to pick up some federal commissions. He also assisted Malin on sculptural work for L.D.S. temples at Bern, London, Los Angeles and New Zealand. Otherwise, Brooks did many portrait busts and figure studies.
Biography courtesy of Artists of Utah
Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.
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Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, Donna Poulton, and Janie Rogers. 150 Years Survey: Utah Art and Utah Artists. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 2001.