The Telegraph: From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium

The Telegraph: From Richard Wentworth to Gavin Turk, the pioneering male artists changing the medium

The Ideas Man: Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks is fascinated by the traditional medium of paint but, like his YBA peers who rose to fame in the 1990s, his approach isn’t old-school, it’s conceptual. Prepping in his Gloucester studio for his enigmatically titled forthcoming show, The Subject is Not the Subject, he says the title explains the “whole premise behind all of the work”, which encompasses a wide vocabulary of painting from airbrush and acrylic to oils.

The exhibition will comprise his landscapes, inspired by  amateur paintings that he’s collected over 20 years from thrift stores and car-boot sales, to his hyper-real portraits of friends and his  devotional works and objects. “I’m interested in the language of painting and how it has the potential to transform the subject to see it afresh,” he says, adding, “Growing up in Yorkshire we didn’t have high art on the walls, but something similar to the paintings that I collect. There is a love invested within them and a desire to succeed, even though failure is round the corner. We need to embrace that, it’s a wonderful thing.”  

As the partner of Porter editor, Lucy Yeomans, Brooks’  sartorial tastes are highly evolved – Belstaff and Triple RRR Apparel are favourites – although fashion is rarely discussed at home and it’s strictly ‘no-frills’ in the studio. 

“Clothes are to do with context, so I’d wear a fitted suit to a dinner,” he says. “I’m interested in the details of clothes, but spend the majority of time not being bothered whatsoever.” 

The Subject is Not the Subject is showing from 9 February to 10 March 2018, at Marlborough Fine Art, London;  marlboroughlondon.com

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