|Jason Brooks, Origin I, 2015|
Jason Brooks (BA Fine Art, University of Gloucestershire, 1991) is a painter of extraordinary facility who executes monumental photo-realist portraits and richly textured abstractions with equal virtuosity. His work is also typically informed by a wickedly subversive intelligence and sense of humour - as is evident in the current show.
The visceral impact of the 'Origin' paintings is well described in the catalogue by Michael Bracewell,
... a seeming molten, liquefying, congealing, drooling, dripping, flaring and trailing chaos of ridges and deltas and novas and marbled accretions of alternately Stygian and industrially-bright multi-coloured paints.
The eye is seduced by the apparently wholly abstract gloops of colour until following the diagonals leading in from the top corners it detects a form coalescing out of the chaos, one that is irresistibly suggestive of Gustave Courbet's scandalous L'Origine du Monde (1866).
Download the exhibition catalogue here.
|Jason Brooks, Origin II, 2015|
|Jason Brooks, Origin III, 2015|
|Jason Brooks, Origin III, 2015 (detail)|
|Jason Brooks, Origin IV, 2015|
|Jason Brooks, Origin V, 2015|
|Jason Brooks, Origin VI, 2015|
|Jason Brooks, Origin I, 2015 (detail)|