“The fabulous 18th century Vedudista, Piranesi, was a visionary of staggeringly beautiful objects which remained conjectures of fantasy until very recently when they were granted 3-dimensionality for a show in 2013. I love this idea of a beautiful object that never existed. As my obsessive passion for ironically absurd but perversely magnificent objects continues to escalate, this show should be seen as my Wunderkammer. ‘All that Glitters is not God’ is a hardware-store catalogue of objects of ostentation representing either a rendering of the real or pure invention. Some exist in collections, others are fiction.” – Wayne Brookes, April 2016
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Megan Keating, Head of Painting, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Wednesday 11 May at 5: 30 pm.
Preview the exhibition online here
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 Brooks 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).