John Brooks

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Joined Artfinder: Aug. 2013

Artworks for sale: 48

United Kingdom

About John Brooks

 
 
  • Biography

    My work as an artist/photographer features the world around us viewed in an alternative way, one that seeks out the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary. Parts of the environment by which we are surrounded are often overlooked despite being plainly within our view. I have for many years been inspired by the commonplace object or landscape and the hidden aspects of that subject matter. Without selecting a microcosm of the subject it is still possible to present the viewer with a radically different perspective of the ordinary by drawing their attention to the potential of the subject by virtue of its shape, colour, texture, shadows, juxtaposition or transient condition rendered by human interference.

     

    Having studied painting and drawing at college I developed a strong passion for abstraction which soon expressed itself through my photography. I discovered that the camera could actually present a subject in that way without manipulation in the darkroom. Throughout this period I was inspired by Hockney & Andrew Wyeth as painters and later the genius of Callaghan the photographer and more recently, Fred Herzog and Joel Meyerowitz.

     

    I started using medium and large format cameras when I was in my early twenties working in colour. The 6cm x 6cm and 6cm x 4.5cm roll film formats which I still use require careful consideration of the geometry of the composition. In addition to digital I still use 5 x 4 plate cameras which allow a greater control over the perspective of subjects.

     

    A camera Is not needed to compose a study of the subject and I will often consider my compositions over a period of weeks or months before committing them to film or memory card. This enables me to evaluate the differing effects of light which must be used to create the final image as the time of day or year will make a big difference to the resulting image.

  • Links
  • Education

    1962 - 1964

    City of Bath College

  • Awards

    2016

    Grand Prize from New York Center for Photographic Art

    MAY 2016 AWARDED GRAND PRIZE from New York Center for Photographic Art in Geometry call for entry.

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    2014

    Honorable Mention

    Awarded by New York Centre for Photographic Art Site 109 Lower East Side New York City, USA, Transportation Exhibiton

    2014

    Special recognition for outstanding art

    Awarded by Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, for the Cityscapes Art Exhibition

    2014

    Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

    Awarded by Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, for Seascapes Art Exhibition

    2013

    Artist of Distinction

    Juried exhibition featuring "Sacred Spaces" interpreted by artists in any medium.

    2013

    Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

    Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, Abstracts Art Exhibition

    2013

    The Lumen Prize Finalist

    Juried exhibition for the Lumen Prize

    2013

    Silver Medal Award

    San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, Gallery Photographica, San Francisco, California,USA

    2012

    Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

    Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, Landscapes Art Competition

    2012

    Best in Competition" Award

    Man Made Spaces and Structures, Exhibitions Without Walls,
  • Upcoming Events

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    Previous events

    Event: The Art of Regeneration

    Dates: April 26, 2016 - April 30, 2016

    Venue: The Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

    In response to the changing urban landscape surrounding an artists’ community in Waterloo, Focus LDN has brought together artists of all nationalities to collaborate on a group show, about the connection between urban regeneration and culture. Focus LDN specialises in interdisciplinary arts events around the capital, with a particular interest in bringing the arts and industry together. Representing the diversity and multiculturalism of London’s art scene ‘The Art of Regeneration’ explores questions of cultural regeneration, and how the arts are utilising this visual language to inspire their practice

    Event: Artist Network Exhibition

    Dates: April 24, 2016 - May 15, 2016

    Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol

    Mixed media exhibition featuring the work of members of the RWA Artist Network.

    Event: Photography Exhibition

    Dates: April 5, 2016 - April 25, 2016

    Venue: The Nude Tin Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

    Group show from around the UK

    Event: The Affordable Art Exhibition

    Dates: March 24, 2016 - June 23, 2016

    Venue: Crazy Fox Gallery, The Arcade, Broadmead, Bristol, UK

    Mixed media exhibition

    Event: Unleashed

    Dates: March 22, 2016 - April 2, 2016

    Venue: The Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

    Mixed group exhibition

    Event: Electron Salon

    Dates: March 17, 2016 - April 9, 2016

    Venue: LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Digital Art from around the world

    Event: 163rd Annual Open Exhibition

    Dates: Oct. 4, 2015 - Nov. 29, 2015

    Venue: New Gallery (RWA), Bristol UK

    163 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol - 4th October - 29th November 2015 fully judged.

    Event: The Quartz Festival

    Dates: Sept. 29, 2015 - Oct. 10, 2015

    Venue: Queen's College, Trull, Taunton, Somerset, UK

    Exhibition by invitation of artists working in all media.

    Event: The Art of Progress

    Dates: Sept. 17, 2015 - Sept. 29, 2015

    Venue: Gallery House, Soho, Greek Street, London, UK

    A growing collective of 25 established and emerging artists, from street artists to photographers, sculptors and painters, Human Nature’s shows and projects aim to bring people closer to these new voices, adding a creative visual layer to debates on sustainability. Whilst ultimately celebrating nature, works investigate issues of climate change, extinction and man’s fundamental connection to nature. For some, they are creating a vision for the world we want.

    Event: Bristol Places

    Dates: Sept. 5, 2015 - Nov. 8, 2015

    Venue: Bocabar, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol

    A large exhibition by the members of Second Look the Bristol based creative photographic association featured a number of my pieces of work.

    Event: The Human Nature Show

    Dates: July 16, 2015 - July 30, 2015

    Venue: Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

    This show is a vital marker in our cultural shift towards a more conscious and connected society, a celebration of both where we are and where we are heading. It aims not only to showcase talent but inspire action and create a powerful new network of creatives to add colour, dynamism and joy to our emerging low carbon, more responsible world.
    Featured artists include Harry Cory Wright, Lesley Hilling, ATM, Ben Wilson, Jonesy, Nicola Nemec, John Brooks, Maczel Lang and Louis Masai to name but a few.
    ‘We’re thrilled Human Nature will be part of The Art of Progress. Showcasing sustainable design alongside environmental art sends a powerful message about the beauty of the solutions for a more sustainable future.’

    Event: Family

    Dates: July 3, 2015 - Aug. 9, 2015

    Venue: The A Smith Gallery, N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, Texas, USA

    A juried exhibition of work featuring work based upon the subject of the "Family".

    Event: 11th Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibition

    Dates: April 9, 2015 - May 14, 2015

    Venue: LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Exhibition of work by all the artists represented by the gallery and in their permanent collection.

    Event: Unexpected elements of landsacpe

    Dates: March 2, 2015 - May 3, 2015

    Venue: Bocabar, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol

    A major solo exhibition of my landscape work featuring both abstract and representative images created in recent years.

    Event: Diagnosis

    Dates: Jan. 21, 2015 - April 19, 2015

    Venue: Musgrove Park Gallery, Musgrove Park, Musgrove, Taunton, Somerset, UK

    An exhibition exploring the analysis and diagnosis of physical conditions of beings and objects in all media.

    Event: Open Arts Exhibition

    Dates: Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 20, 2015

    Venue: The Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

    The annual Open art juried exhibition.

    Event: London Calling

    Dates: Oct. 15, 2014 - Oct. 19, 2014

    Venue: Dray Walk Gallery, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK

    An exhibition by invitation to artists working in all media.

    Event: "Transportation"

    Dates: Sept. 1, 2014 - Dec. 1, 2014

    Venue: New York Centre for Photographic Art, 109 Lower East Side New York City, USA

    A juried exhibition of work featuring the subject of transportation.

    Event: Horizons / Route 66

    Dates: May 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014

    Venue: Photographique, 27 Clare Street, Bristol, UK

    Selected landscapes from North Africa and North America featuring the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, Death Valley and Route 66 in California

Links


Education

1962 - 1964

City of Bath College


Awards

2016

Grand Prize from New York Center for Photographic Art

MAY 2016 AWARDED GRAND PRIZE from New York Center for Photographic Art in Geometry call for entry.

Show more awardsHide

2014

Honorable Mention

Awarded by New York Centre for Photographic Art Site 109 Lower East Side New York City, USA, Transportation Exhibiton

2014

Special recognition for outstanding art

Awarded by Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, for the Cityscapes Art Exhibition

2014

Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

Awarded by Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, for Seascapes Art Exhibition

2013

Artist of Distinction

Juried exhibition featuring "Sacred Spaces" interpreted by artists in any medium.

2013

Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

Light Space & Time Online Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, Abstracts Art Exhibition

2013

The Lumen Prize Finalist

Juried exhibition for the Lumen Prize

2013

Silver Medal Award

San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, Gallery Photographica, San Francisco, California,USA

2012

Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.

Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, Landscapes Art Competition

2012

Best in Competition" Award

Man Made Spaces and Structures, Exhibitions Without Walls,

There are no upcoming events

Show previous eventsHide previous events

Previous events

Event: The Art of Regeneration

Dates: April 26, 2016 - April 30, 2016

Venue: The Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

In response to the changing urban landscape surrounding an artists’ community in Waterloo, Focus LDN has brought together artists of all nationalities to collaborate on a group show, about the connection between urban regeneration and culture. Focus LDN specialises in interdisciplinary arts events around the capital, with a particular interest in bringing the arts and industry together. Representing the diversity and multiculturalism of London’s art scene ‘The Art of Regeneration’ explores questions of cultural regeneration, and how the arts are utilising this visual language to inspire their practice

Event: Artist Network Exhibition

Dates: April 24, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Venue: Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol

Mixed media exhibition featuring the work of members of the RWA Artist Network.

Event: Photography Exhibition

Dates: April 5, 2016 - April 25, 2016

Venue: The Nude Tin Gallery, St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK

Group show from around the UK

Event: The Affordable Art Exhibition

Dates: March 24, 2016 - June 23, 2016

Venue: Crazy Fox Gallery, The Arcade, Broadmead, Bristol, UK

Mixed media exhibition

Event: Unleashed

Dates: March 22, 2016 - April 2, 2016

Venue: The Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Mixed group exhibition

Event: Electron Salon

Dates: March 17, 2016 - April 9, 2016

Venue: LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Digital Art from around the world

Event: 163rd Annual Open Exhibition

Dates: Oct. 4, 2015 - Nov. 29, 2015

Venue: New Gallery (RWA), Bristol UK

163 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol - 4th October - 29th November 2015 fully judged.

Event: The Quartz Festival

Dates: Sept. 29, 2015 - Oct. 10, 2015

Venue: Queen's College, Trull, Taunton, Somerset, UK

Exhibition by invitation of artists working in all media.

Event: The Art of Progress

Dates: Sept. 17, 2015 - Sept. 29, 2015

Venue: Gallery House, Soho, Greek Street, London, UK

A growing collective of 25 established and emerging artists, from street artists to photographers, sculptors and painters, Human Nature’s shows and projects aim to bring people closer to these new voices, adding a creative visual layer to debates on sustainability. Whilst ultimately celebrating nature, works investigate issues of climate change, extinction and man’s fundamental connection to nature. For some, they are creating a vision for the world we want.

Event: Bristol Places

Dates: Sept. 5, 2015 - Nov. 8, 2015

Venue: Bocabar, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol

A large exhibition by the members of Second Look the Bristol based creative photographic association featured a number of my pieces of work.

Event: The Human Nature Show

Dates: July 16, 2015 - July 30, 2015

Venue: Centrespace Gallery, Bristol

This show is a vital marker in our cultural shift towards a more conscious and connected society, a celebration of both where we are and where we are heading. It aims not only to showcase talent but inspire action and create a powerful new network of creatives to add colour, dynamism and joy to our emerging low carbon, more responsible world.
Featured artists include Harry Cory Wright, Lesley Hilling, ATM, Ben Wilson, Jonesy, Nicola Nemec, John Brooks, Maczel Lang and Louis Masai to name but a few.
‘We’re thrilled Human Nature will be part of The Art of Progress. Showcasing sustainable design alongside environmental art sends a powerful message about the beauty of the solutions for a more sustainable future.’

Event: Family

Dates: July 3, 2015 - Aug. 9, 2015

Venue: The A Smith Gallery, N Nugent Ave, Johnson City, Texas, USA

A juried exhibition of work featuring work based upon the subject of the "Family".

Event: 11th Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibition

Dates: April 9, 2015 - May 14, 2015

Venue: LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Exhibition of work by all the artists represented by the gallery and in their permanent collection.

Event: Unexpected elements of landsacpe

Dates: March 2, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Venue: Bocabar, Bath Road, Brislington, Bristol

A major solo exhibition of my landscape work featuring both abstract and representative images created in recent years.

Event: Diagnosis

Dates: Jan. 21, 2015 - April 19, 2015

Venue: Musgrove Park Gallery, Musgrove Park, Musgrove, Taunton, Somerset, UK

An exhibition exploring the analysis and diagnosis of physical conditions of beings and objects in all media.

Event: Open Arts Exhibition

Dates: Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 20, 2015

Venue: The Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

The annual Open art juried exhibition.

Event: London Calling

Dates: Oct. 15, 2014 - Oct. 19, 2014

Venue: Dray Walk Gallery, Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK

An exhibition by invitation to artists working in all media.

Event: "Transportation"

Dates: Sept. 1, 2014 - Dec. 1, 2014

Venue: New York Centre for Photographic Art, 109 Lower East Side New York City, USA

A juried exhibition of work featuring the subject of transportation.

Event: Horizons / Route 66

Dates: May 17, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Venue: Photographique, 27 Clare Street, Bristol, UK

Selected landscapes from North Africa and North America featuring the Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, Death Valley and Route 66 in California


 

Biography

My work as an artist/photographer features the world around us viewed in an alternative way, one that seeks out the extraordinary that lies within the ordinary. Parts of the environment by which we are surrounded are often overlooked despite being plainly within our view. I have for many years been inspired by the commonplace object or landscape and the hidden aspects of that subject matter. Without selecting a microcosm of the subject it is still possible to present the viewer with a radically different perspective of the ordinary by drawing their attention to the potential of the subject by virtue of its shape, colour, texture, shadows, juxtaposition or transient condition rendered by human interference.

 

Having studied painting and drawing at college I developed a strong passion for abstraction which soon expressed itself through my photography. I discovered that the camera could actually present a subject in that way without manipulation in the darkroom. Throughout this period I was inspired by Hockney & Andrew Wyeth as painters and later the genius of Callaghan the photographer and more recently, Fred Herzog and Joel Meyerowitz.

 

I started using medium and large format cameras when I was in my early twenties working in colour. The 6cm x 6cm and 6cm x 4.5cm roll film formats which I still use require careful consideration of the geometry of the composition. In addition to digital I still use 5 x 4 plate cameras which allow a greater control over the perspective of subjects.

 

A camera Is not needed to compose a study of the subject and I will often consider my compositions over a period of weeks or months before committing them to film or memory card. This enables me to evaluate the differing effects of light which must be used to create the final image as the time of day or year will make a big difference to the resulting image.

 
 
 
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