Further Afield

Flinders Lane Gallery
May 9 - 18
email: info@flg.com.au

"Suspended within each canvas is an intentional exercise in reduction, true to the principles of minimalist practice. The recurring motif of line, laid down in slow and clear sequence, indicates a subtle meditation on labour and the humble truth of the wearing effects of time. " Phe Luxford, Australian Art Review

Selected works from 'Further Afield', installed at Flinders Lane Gallery, May, 2018

FLG is delighted to present to you the showroom and online exhibition of new and recent works by acclaimed abstract artist Dr. Terri Brooks. Some of these artworks are on display in the showroom at FLG, others are available upon request.

The highly poetic and symbolic visual language of artist Terri Brooks has carried across the spectrum of her practice for the last 30 years.


NOTES FROM THE ARTIST: When I was young I decided that I wanted to develop one thing over my lifetime. I chose painting and in particular the field of abstraction. I saw abstraction as a profound outcome of modernism which was not limited to an ‘ism’ of the era. The title of this exhibition ‘Further Afield’ is an acknowledgment of the influence previous abstract artists have had upon my development and coincides with the staging of ‘The Field Revisited’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). ‘The Field’ held at the inaugural opening of the new NGV in 1968 was a seminal Australian abstract exhibition.

I am personally interested in the phenomenological aspect of nature and physics. How it relates to the self and the experience of living. The area of painting that interests me is minimal intuitive gestural abstraction with an emphasis on process. Using fundamental elements including black, white, dot, line and horizontals and verticals, the work is constructed in thin layers revealing its history.

The paper work relates to my lifelong interest in the Australian tradition to ‘make do’ or improvise.




Grey Lines, 2016, oil and enamel on canvas, 122 x 122 cm.


Contours, 2017, oil and enamel on canvas, 130 x 127 cm.

This is art that eliminates the descriptive, excludes the pictorial, narrative and the fictive, thus focusing on the essential in form, creating what is often referred to as a truth. Thus Brooks’ reduced aesthetic approach speaks to us about order, directness, integrity, veracity and morality; accordingly these stylistic predilections function to extend an invitation for the audience to be purposeful, ethical and socially equitable - the material articulation of our ideas of a good life. This idea that Brooks’ art – or any art for that matter, can speak to us on matters of morality and truth, helps us to place at the very centre of our aesthetic conundrums the question of the values we want to live by rather than merely how we want things to look.

We started here with an explication on the censures often levelled at abstract art as a platform for the discussion of the profound weightiness of Brooks’ paintings of nothing and we finish with the poignant words of English poet Robert Browning,

That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; simplicity is preferable to complexity; brevity in communication is more effective than verbosity. (excerpt from Principia:the art of Terri Brooks, by Dr AJ Byrnes)


Lucy Lippard, The Silent Art, Art in America Magazine, (January – February ed) 1967, Art in
America Publications.

Relic, 2018, oil, enamel, pigment and foil on canvas, 42 x 24 x 18 cm.
 $AU 900


Striped Box, 2018, oil and enamel on paper, 40 x 24 x 14 cm.
 $AU 900


Regency, 2018, oil and enamel on paper, 34 x 20 x 13 cm.
 $AU 900


On the Round, 2018, oil, enamel and pencil on paper, 35 x 30 x 12 cm.
 $AU 900

Brooks has held over twenty solo exhibitions and has participated in shows in the US, UK, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She has been selected several times as a finalist for the Fleurieu Art Prize and the Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize, and finalist in the Kedumba Drawing Award and Alice Prize. She was awarded a BP Acquisitive Award in 1992 and an Australia Council Grant in 1991. Her work is held in the collections of the Neubrandenburg Museum Germany, Macquarie Group Collection, Westpac Bank, Albert Tucker Collection, BHP Ltd and many other corporate collections, as well as numerous private collections in Australia, the United States, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Hong Kong. For over ten years her works have been sought by leading interior designers and architects to enhance exclusive and award winning interiors. 







Small Works : A Survey

Curated  by Julie Keating and Debbie Hill
RRRTAG
520 Corangamite Lake Road,
Cororooke Victoria
April 7 - 29





Terri Brooks, Juxtapose, 2012, oil, enamel and pigment on canvas, 30 x 26 cm x 2 (Diptych)


Juxtapose at RRRTAG


Lake Corrangamite, Red Rock area

Relic and other stories

Opening today 2-4 pm
Michael Cusack and Terri Brooks
Byron School of Art Project Space

112 Dalley Street, Mullimbimby, NSW.
Info: 0431 034 892
March 31 - April 11





BSA students 


Terri Brooks and Michael Cusack


Terri Brooks 'Cloth Crown'


Michael Cusack


Terri Brooks and Michael Cusack


Terri Brooks and Michael Cusack


Terri Brooks and Michael Cusack




Relic and other stories

An exhibition by Terri Brooks and Michael Cusack
Byron School of Art Project Space

112 Dalley Street, Mullimbimby, NSW.
Info: 0431 034 892
March 31 - April 11
Opening Easter Saturday 4-6 pm.

Below selected works by Terri Brooks


Drawing Box, 2017, oil on paper, 23 x 15 x 15 cm.




Smashed Box, 2017, oil on paper, 35 x 15 x 15 cm.



Oligarchy (10 paper crowns), 2017, oil and pigment on paper, 200 x 200 cm approx.



Detail: Stone Crown, 2017, oil pigment paper, 17 x 23 x 12 cm.



Detail: Costume Crown, 2017, oil pigment paper, 22 x 15 x 20 cm approx.



After London


After London
Cross Gallery
Bundaberg, Queensland
Opening January 27



L-R: Marlene Sarroff, Terri Brooks, Deb Covell (UK).

A group exhibition of selected artists from the UK and Australia.


Richard Elliott UK, Envelope, 2005, painted wood.



ELLE Decoration UK


Right: Blue Lines in situ, Toorak House 2.



Waves in situ, Toorak 2 House, 2017.



Waves, 2016, oil, enamel and pencil on canvas, 122 x 153 cm.



Blue Lines, 2016, oil, enamel and pencil on canvas, 122 x 153 cm.


Amy Bradford, 'Symphony of Living', The Art of Entertaining, ELLE Decoration UKJanuary 2018. Toorak House 2. Interior, Studio Griffiths; Styling, Bek Sheppard, thanks Flinders Lane Gallery. Great work everyone!



Land / Line / Sea

Artlacuna Battersea London
22nd November -30th November
Opening drinks 25th November 3pm All welcome.

http://artlacuna.org/


An Exhibition of Selected Australian/ New Zealand/United Kingdom Contemporary Artists.
Curated by Clinton Cross (Cross Gallery QLD).
Artists included:

Kim Demuth ( Australia/Germany)
Terri Brooks (Australia)
Henri van Noordenburg ( Australia)
Deb Covell (United kingdom)
Louise Tuckwell (Australia)
Yvonne Boag (Australia/ South Korea)
Rhonda Baum (Australia)
Marlene Sarroff (Australia)
Jennifer McDuff (Australia)
Anthony Cahill (Australia)
Lorna Crane (Australia)
Phill Hopkins (United kingdom)
Clinton Cross (Australia)
Richard Elliott (United kingdom)
Rob McLeod (New Zealand)
Angela Brennan (Australia)
Eryn Mark Begley (Australia)
Jenny Gilbertson (Australia)
Diane Scott ( New Zealand)



Terri Brooks, Diamonds, 2017, oil on paper, A4 x 16.


Terri Brooks, Stripes, 2017, oil on paper, A4 x 8. Sold. Private collection.



Install shot Land / Line / Sea, L: Yvonne Boag 


Install shot L: Terri Brooks; R: Marlene Sarroff


London opening

Meanwhile in Marybrough QLD at Gatakers Art Space
 'A secret place' curated by Clinton Cross.







Dirty Filthy Painting

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Dirty Filthy Painting
Byron School of Art (BSA) Project Space
112 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby


8 - 20 September
OPENING Friday 8 September 2017, 6-8PM


Curated by Michael and Meredith Cusack

FEATURING WORK BY SALLY ANDERSON, MOSTYN BRAMLEY-MOORE TERRI BROOKS, ROBERT DUNNE (Ire), JULIE FRAGAR,
MILES HALL, BRENT HALLARD, JOSIE KIDD CROWE, FIONA LOWRY, MOYA MCKENNA, PAUL MCNEIL, HELEN O'LEARY (Ire),
DAVID QUINN (Ire), JOHN SMITH



Small Series, Red White Lines, oil and enamel on canvas, 41 x 31 cm.


Small Series, White, Black Lines, oil and enamel on canvas, 41 x 31 cm.



L-R: Terri Brooks, Sally Anderson, Bret Hallard


L-R: Robert Dunne (Ire), Miles Hall


Opening


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Cross Gallery at Cooroy, Sunshine Coast
September 1 -3

Louise Tuckwell
Terri Brooks
Marlene Sarroff
Jennifer McDuff
Yvonne Boag
Susan Carr
Angela Brennan
Damien Maloney
Graham Blondel
Clinton Cross
Rhonda Baum
Kim Demuth
Peter Alwast
Rob McLeod


Shades of Grey 3


Shades of Grey 3
17 August - 24 September
OPENING Thursday August 17 6.30-8pm


Kim Anderson, TJ Bateson, Louise Blyton, Elisabeth Bodey, Terri Brooks, Raymond Carter,
Magda Cebokli, Kubota Fumikazu, Louise Gresswell, PJ Hickman, Oliver Hutchison,
Shelley Jardine, Wendy Kelly, Emma Langridge, Shannon McGrath/Marcus Piper,
Peter Summers, Wilma Tabacco, Graeme Thompson, Tom Vincent, Andrew Weatherill,
Ian Wells, Katherine Westfold.


TACIT ART GALLERIES
123a Gipps Street
Collingwood

Grey on Grey, 2016, oil, enamel and pencil on canvas, 158 x 183 cm



Banners, 2017, oil and enamel on canvas, 41 x 31 cm.


On the line, 2017, oil and pencil on canvas, 41 x 31 cm.


Installation shot with Ian Wells and Wendy Kelly to the right