Brooks’ practice encompasses painting, sculpture, collage, publishing and social engagement. Based in Brighton, his output over the last 3 years has focused on personal experiences and encounters within the healthcare system as he underwent a process of gender transition. Brooks’ extraordinary works, created through a process of collage using found and archival images which are then transcribed into painting, have a strong graphic quality which speak powerfully of this often under represented subject matter and experience.
Brooks’ major new commission for Brighton CCA – opening October 2020 – will be an installation which allows the viewer to physically step into the artist’s world, dramatically expanding the size and scope of the works. The immersive environment will build on the artist’s innovative use of painting as both image and sculptural form; creating works which both sit on the wall and project into the gallery space as sculptural objects. The experience of visiting the work will be akin to being inside a life size, three dimensional graphic novel.
Recent exhibitions include CONDO, Project Native Informant, London (2020), ‘Kiss My Genders’, Hayward Gallery, London (2019), ‘Scrubbers’, Project Native Informant, London (2018) and ‘Is now a good time?’, Cubitt Gallery, London (2017).