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John Brooks
Bristol, United Kingdom
Member Since: 3 years
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About Artist

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.

Exhibitions:

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

Awards & Recognitions

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.

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,