Coming from an earlier background in contemporary landscape abstraction Terri Brooks’ paintings and sculptural paper pieces extend the boundaries of her chosen media. ‘My current personal challenge as an artist is to try and make paintings via the most simple means which I hold as a supreme value. Over time the content of my works has reduced so they are now mostly constructed with fundamental elements including black, white, dot and line and horizontals and verticals. The paintings arise from an intuitive repetitive process of mark making and layering informed by observations of natural environmental processes, including weathering, ageing and renewal coupled with an inner quest to find new solutions and visual expressions.’ Architectural elements observed during her regular inner-city walks also inform the work as does a love of patterns and the Australian tradition to ‘make do’ which has fascinated the artist since childhood.
Terri Brooks studied at RMIT University and in 2010, as a research scholarship recipient, graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Ballarat. Since 1989 she has held over twenty solo shows in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the Netherlands and participated in numerous exhibitions including art fairs in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Hong Kong. She has been selected as a finalist several times in the Fleurieu Art Prize and The Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize. She has also been a finalist in many other prizes including the Kedumba Invitation Drawing Award and the Alice Prize and has been awarded a BP Acquisitive Award and an Australia Council Grant. Her work is in the Neubrandenburg Museum Collection, Germany, The Macquarie Group Collection, Westpac Bank, many other corporate collections and private collections worldwide. For over ten years her works have been selected for exclusive and award winning interiors by leading interior designers and architects.