Born in the UK he was educated in Bath and studied A Level Art and History of Building at Bath Technical College. HNC in Technical Drawing and Graphic Art.
Freelance graphic artist and photographer since 1964.
First Prize Queens College University Oxford open graphics competition 1966.
Commercial photographer for historic buildings since 1997 and featured in historic buildings magazines, calendars and adverts.
Web-designer since 1996 specialising in the Arts.
LACDA 11th Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibition, April 9-May 14, 2015,104 East Fourth Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
"Unexpected Elements of Landscape", Bocabar, the Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, March 2nd - May 3rd 2015
Chasing the Light (Finding the Shadow).Stillpoint Art Gallery, 1st Feb - April 30 2015
"Diagnosis" Exhibition, Musgrove Park Gallery, Taunton, 21st January - 19th April 2015
Royal Scottish Academy Open Art exhibition,
Edinburgh, from 29th November 2014 until 20th January 2015
London Calling, Dray Walk Gallery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, from October 16th
Light Space & Time Gallery,Jupiter, Florida USA, Seascapes Art Exhibition September 2014, Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.
"Transportation, New York Centre for Photographic Art Site 109 Lower East Side New York City, USA, September 2014, Awarded Honorable Mention
Bristol Big Green Week,: St Stephens Church, St Stephen Street, Bristol, June 2014
Selected for Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014
Bristol Festival of Photography:
Solo Exhibition: Horizons | Route 66
Photographique Gallery, 27 Clare Street, Bristol.
TEN YEAR REPRESENTED ARTISTS RETROSPECTIVE,
LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California
April - May 2014
Light Space & Time Gallery,Jupiter, Florida USA, Cityscapes Art Exhibition March 2014, Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.
ELECTRON SALON, International Group Exhibit, LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California February 13th - March 5th, 2014
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Landscapes by Day, Landscapes by Night, February 1 to April 30, 2014
ELECTRON SALON, International Group Exhibit, LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California January 9th - February 1st 2014
Snap to Grid, LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California December 12, 2013-January 4, 2014
Edward Corrigan & Co, 25 Lower Park Row, Bristol
November 2013 - December 2013
Electron Salon, LACDA, 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California
October - November 2013
The Wall, The Photographers' Gallery, 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW
August - October 2013
Finalist The Lumen Prize,The Lumen Online Gallery September 2013
The Cork Street Gallery, London, Exhibition August 2013
San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, Gallery Photographica, San Francisco, California,USA
July 2013, Received Silver Medal Award.
"Passing Through" Exhibition, Musgrove Park Gallery, Taunton, UK, May - July 2013
Light Space & Time Online Gallery,Jupiter, Florida USA, Abstracts Art Exhibition April 2013, Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.
The Royal west of England Academy, "Drawn" Exhibition, March 2013 - June 2013
The Stillpoint Art Gallery, Ordinary Everyday Objects, from 6th February 2013 until 30th April 2013
The Los Angeles Center For Digital Art, Snap to Grid Exhibition,102 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 80013, 10th January 2013 to February 2nd 2013
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Sacred Time, Sacred Places, 7th November 2012 to 5th February 2013
Man Made Spaces and Structures, Exhibitions Without Walls, October 16th to November 30th 2012 - Finalist and "Best in Competition" Award
Artists Connect, St Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol, 8th October to 4th November 2012
Artists Connect, The Parlour, Park Street, Bristol, 27th August to 1st September 2012
The Cork Street Open Exhibition, The Cork Street Gallery, 27 - 28 Cork Street, London W1S 3NG, August 23rd to August 31st 2012
The Parlour Gallery, 31 College Green, Bristol, August 23rd to August 31st
The Human Experience, Exhibitions Without Walls, August 16th to September 30th 2012
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Elements of Art: Texture, 1st August to 6th November 2012
Art Takes Times Square, New York, USA 18th June 2012 onwards.
f/16 Second Look Exhibition, 30th April - 15th May 2012, The Grain Barge, Mardyke Wharf, Hotwell Rd, Hotwells, BS8 4RU
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Still Point IV, 18th April 2012 to 31st july 2012
Bristol-Autism-Project-Fundraising-Art-Explosion-Show-Auction, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol April 2012
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Abstraction Attraction, 16th November 2011 to 14th February 2013 and the "Spirit of Place - Spirit of Home" Exhibitions from 16th November 2011 until 14th February 2013
Royal West of England Academy of Art, 159th Autumn Exhibition, 30th October - 31st December 2011
Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Places & Spaces, July 27th to October 4th 2011
Symbiose Gallery, Breda, Netherlands, Open Exhibition, 4th August to 12th August 2011
Royal West of England Academy of Art, Open Photography Exhibition, 20th Feb 2011
The Atrium, All Saints’, Clifton, Bristol, May 1985
Co-existence, Pulteney Street, Bath and Covent Garden, London, June 1978
Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, “On Site” exhibition 23rd November to 23rd December 1976
Photographers Gallery Over the Rainbow, Bristol, Solo exhibitions 1972, 1974, 1975
Artist of Distinction – November 2012 - Stillpoint Art Gallery, Brunswick, Maine USA, Sacred Time, Sacred Places
Best in Show - Man Made Spaces and Structures, Exhibitions Without Walls, October 2012
Finalist - The Human Experience, Exhibitions Without Walls, August 2012
Special Recognition for Outstanding Art.Light Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida USA, Landscapes Art Competition March 2012,
2015 West Coast Light - California ISBN 978-0-9567974-1-4
2012 E-book Moroccan Discoveries
2012 E-book Hidden in View
2012 John Brooks Photography Calendar 2013
2011 “Hidden in View” Photography from Cuba, China and the UK. ISBN 978-0-9567974-0-7
2011 John Brooks Photography Calendar 2012
2010 John Brooks Photography Calendar 2011
Member of Royal West of England Academy Artist Network
Member of Second Look photographic association
Member of Artists-Connect
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 as a painter and later the genius of Callaghan the photographer and more recently Steve Hiett, Robert de Gast, Paul Graham 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.
My preference for a photographic image over painting or drawing stems from the challenge presented by using this medium. Traditionally photography was considered as an artistic cheat by virtue of its “simplicity” of use, and for colour photography the “Pretty” pictures which were produced. My initial aim was to prove that a good image requires skill and creativity to produce and that the work may not necessarily be considered ”Pretty”.
Some of my work may be considered to be stark but my aim is to cause the viewer to be excited, stimulated, shocked, surprised or invited to consider the subject of the image in a new way by the different perspective presented to them. I also create images which contain people as I have developed my study of the urban landscape and changing faces of villages, towns and cities both here and in other continents. Locations such as China and Cuba and North Africa are particularly suitable for these studies.
My current work returns more to my earlier subject matter of rural landscape but with a focus on the effects of man on his environment. Industrial subjects are considered in the context of both urban and rural environments combining the beauty and contrast of these two seemingly opposing elements with some breath-taking results.