David Asher Brook is an emerging contemporary artist working in painting, sculpture, mixed media, tapestry and videography. He was recently selected as a finalist for his painting Tathra (pleinair), in the 2018 Alice Prize - National Contemporary Art Award, and his film, Talking Skull, is an official selection for The 2018 Film and Video Poetry Symposium in Los Angeles, California.
In 2016 David won the Eva Breuer Memorial Prize, and has been a four times finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, as well as a finalist in The Blake Prize, Salon des Refuses, Paddington Art Prize and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Artist Scholarship.
In my paintings I am aiming to find a synthesis of approaches. I use dots and lines with over-painting to hide the figures or image underneath. I do this to try and give a consistency of weight to the work and to create an array of subtle movement in the image. Depending on the which direction the dots are coming from, the heaviness, the spacing and idiosyncrasies of the hand, a wide range of gestures could be made. This consistency of weight from one corner of the canvas to the other, gives attention to the details in all areas of the canvas to create an overall movement and energy within the work.
I have experimented with this approach in various ways and mediums.
In the last year I have been working on three tapestries where in this medium equal attention is given to the whole image. I have also applied this to painting, to sculptural and mixed media work...
I find painting a real and intense moment where you can notice and feel things that people don´t see in the mad rush of this world... It is a challenge to carry the same mystery through to the end of the painting that existed at the beginning of it.
For John Cruthers, Sydney based art consultant, curator, writer and collector, David Asher Brooks´ work has ...qualities deeper than technique, such as sensibility, attitude and heart. And I think this is what is special about David´s painting. In fact, what is special about David´s painting is David – his life, his thoughts, his feelings - and his willingness to share these with us in the paintings... they breathe love, wonder, tenderness, abandon, compassion, loss – and faith.
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