British artist Jason Brooks is widely regarded as one of Britain’s best hyper-realist fine artists and is closely associated with the generation of artists who emerged in Britain in the early nineties to great international acclaim.
Brooks’ recent landscape works explore old masterpieces and anonymous found paintings by amateur artists that he has collected over the past couple of decades, adopting the same techniques, images that he reworks, crops and repaints. He combines airbrush, acrylic and oil paints in such a way as to explore all aspects of painterly language, as well as his own place in the canon of art history. Indeed, he argues it is a way of looking at art history through the eyes of others who have looked at art history. On a very simple level it affirms the continued faith that painters retain in the medium.
Brooks debuted among the YBAs in the 1990s with his black and white portraits.In and of itself, this may be an arbitrary fact, but it highlights an important point: Jason Brooks is a fine artist with an acutely-honed skill, but whose artistic vocabulary has more in common with the new Conceptualists and Postmodern punks.
Born in 1968 in Rotherham, U.K., Jason Brooks obtained an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and now works and lives in London. His work is held in private and public collections all around the world, including the National Portrait Gallery Collection, London where he had a solo exhibition of his work in 2008.