A little about...
I was born in Chatham, Ontario Canada. My teachers in the visual arts were the photographers and lighting technicians of the old Hollywood studio system. I learned how to draw and paint from vintage movie stills. I learned the art of visual story telling from watching those stills come to life in late night movies in the days before infomercials and reality TV. Symbolism was a quiet language I learned from growing up gay in the 70’s and 80’s. I live and make my art in a converted 19th century bank in Ontario, Canada.
'Brooks has garnered an international reputation for his disproportioned “girls,” a continuing body of work that revolves around female characters who assert their strength, glamour, danger, or apathy toward the viewer. Brooks describes his career in art as focused on “painting women in various relationships to power.'
-COREY HELFORD GALLERY, Los Angeles
'With a unique style that is instantly recognizable, Brooks uses vivid splashes of carnelian red to emphasize and shock, wonderfully realized swirls of smoke to announce the ephemeral, all centred around his gorgeously androgynous film-noir inspired female protagonists.'
- BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE MAGAZINE
'A typical Brooks she-devil has an elongated face and body, is dead white, dressed elaborately, surrounded by weird animal familiars and/or horrific accidents and is perhaps transgendered.'
-GLOBE AND MAIL
'Glamorous female characters, as eerily seductive as they are intensely emotional.'
- CREATIVE BOOM
'Brooks looks at the contradictions of artificiality through portraits of androgynous women captured at the height of their own private dramas. Presenting them spot-lit, Troy makes them appear almost like film stars, enhancing the suggestion of potent hidden narratives. In this way his women seem somehow prisoners of their own exuberance, beholden to their decadent impulses whilst also lucid enough to perceive their own folly.'
- JAMES FREEMAN GALLERY, London, UK
'Like modern versions of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani’s figures, Brooks’ portrayals of women are not overly dreamlike or unreal, but aim to serve as a lyrical device to accentuate their narrative.'
- HI FRUCTOSE MAGAZINE
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