BROOKE STANFORD FITZSIMONS
My painting practice attempts to represent beauty in terms of affect, that
is, our immediate and emotional response to beauty.
I collect printed images and my own photographs as references. These are
painted, and then colour is built up over them with thin glazes of oil
paint, until an intense luminosity is achieved. The original images are
embedded, but are almost lost under the layers of colour, they become
evanescent. The final paintings remain open, simple and accessible. In this
way I can withhold meaning and narrative and side-step outdated ideas about
what beauty is, or what it might have been.
1959 Born Sydney.
1979 - 1983. Trained in magazine production and design at Australian Consolidated Press, Sydney.
1983-1988. Worked as a magazine Art Director, and subsequently as a Creative Director at Australian Consolidated Press on various publications.
1988. Moved to London. Has lived and worked in London since 1988.
1989-90 Foundation in Art, Heatherley School of Fine Art, London.
2001. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art Practice and Theory, Chelsea College of Art, London.
2003 Open Studio, Hewer Street Studios, London.
2004 Recent Work (with Adrienne Gaha), Hewer Street Studios, London.
2005 Chase Show. Group exhibition at Royal College of Art
2006 New Work, (with Adrienne Gaha), Hewer Street Studios, London
2007 New Work (with Adrienne Gaha), Hewer Street Studios, London.
2008 New Paintings (with Adrienne Gaha), Hewer Street Studios, London
2009 New Paintings (with Adrienne Gaha), Hewer Street Studios, London
2010 Miscellanea. Group show at Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney Australia
Work in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada and Australia.