JOHN BROOKS ART & PHOTOGRAPHY

Contemporary Art & Photography - Artists Statement

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Any artform is a personal matter of taste and the interaction of the viewer with the subject matter. My years of study of architectural form through my work has shaped my perception of this subject. Also the artist has travelled extensively around the world since an early age. Consequently the many cultures and varieties of landscape have influenced his view of the world.

I have been particularily inspired by the work of David Hockney, Andrew Wyeth, Callahan and very much admire the work of, in no particular order, Fred Hertzog and Joel Meyerowitz. In the first 20 years of my work all images were created with my 50 year old Rolleiflex using Kodak VPS or Portra color negative emulsion rated at 160ASA. No other technical information is offered, I am not a techno freak, for me the composition is what counts.

Over the last five years much of my work has been created using an extremely light and colour sensitive cameras , both digtal and film cameras of medium and large format, adding to the accessability of the subject. The subjects are often abstractions and worked on to fully explore their potential and depth as a statement of the perceived inner nature of the subject.

The images are usually printed on archive paper or on cotton paper and larger works can be in limited editions.

I hope that the viewer will enjoy these images and share some of the unusual perceptions of objects and places that I have visualised.
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