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Wayne Brookes

Wayne's work stitches stories about fascination, objects of desire, intrigue and absurdity with a surgical precision.

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Born in Tasmania, Wayne Brookes’ oeuvre articulates a kind of ostentation far beyond humble Hobart. His intricate paintings layer narratives and juxtapose symbolism and references from Baroque, Catholicism to the domestic. Brookes often refers to himself as a ‘quilter’; one that stitches stories about fascination, objects of desire, intrigue and absurdity with a surgical precision. His signature; fabrics rendered in paint have the distinct appearance of luxurious silks, velvets and tapestries with every fold and drape laboriously represented.

Completing his Bachelor of Visual Art in 1979, Brookes went on to pursue a career in teaching to coincide with his art practice. In 2003, Brookes was granted a Master of Fine Art and in 2009 was awarded a PhD Fine Art, through the University of Tasmania. As well as being an accomplished educator for the past 20 years Brookes has also worked with the Art Craft & Design organisation as advisor and moderator. Brookes’ work is held within the collections of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston; University of Tasmania Fine Arts Gallery, Hobart; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart and numerous private collections (Australia, USA).

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Past events

Ella_Condon_1 - lowres, Ella Condon, 2016. Photographer: Photo courtesy of the artist
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Dark [Other] Times

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Centre for The Arts, Hunter Street

A group exhibition organised around the polarised moods that characterise living in our “interesting times”
LISA GARLAND Fred wall seven 2016 silver gelatin print on Illford paper 92 x 110 cm Edition of 5 $2200 web, Lisa Garland, 2016. Photographer: Lisa Garland
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Long Hot Summer

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Group show with all Despard's favourite artists
BANNER SUMMER SHOW 1718_WEB_CROPPED, Vary, 2017. Photographer: Despard Gallery
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Annual Summer Show 17/18

Art + design markets, Exhibitions

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Despard Gallery celebrating 30 years of representing contemporary art in Tasmania!
The Performing pigs
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Animalia – A Group Show

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

a themed exhibition with artists, who relate with their imagery directly to Animalia both real and imagined.
Bernini's Boot-camp, 2015, oil on board,50x60cm
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All that Glitters is not God!

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15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Wayne Brookes new solo exhibtion at Despard Gallery.
Despard Gallery
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Despard Gallery

Galleries

15 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS

Contemporary Tasmanian art gallery located in the arts precinct of Salamanca Place.
Portraits at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery - QVMAG
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Queen Victoria Art Gallery

Bookshops, Galleries, Heritage, Major museums

2 Wellington Street, Launceston

QVMAG's dedicated art gallery at Royal Park in Launceston