James Scott Brooks

Portrait of a Democracy I

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Year 2020
Medium Gouache and pencil an archival watercolour paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

The drawing Portrait of a democracy utilises the organisational structure of the US government concerning its operations & decision making. The work continues an exploration of utilising digital information and data, attempting to question and re-align the tradition of high modernist autonomous abstraction in relation to a functioning society.

About the artist:

Born 1974 Exeter, James Scott Brooks lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art (1st), Exeter College of Art and MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art.

Brooks’ works are held in public and private collections including Department of Prints & Drawings, The British Museum; Department of Prints & Drawings, Staedel Museum; University of the Arts London; Frank Williams Collection; David Roberts Collection; Rolf Ricke Collection; Geraldine Gottesman Collection; and Thaddaeus Ropac Collection.

Selected solo exhibitions include Lands, Tyson Raum, Cologne (2019); Selected works Vol XI, Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin (2018); The Archivist, Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris (2016); Geometra, Monika Bobinska/ Canal Projects, London (2016); Facts & Fictions, Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris (2013); Reporter, Platform A, Middlesbrough (2013); The Information Exchange, Domo Baal, London (2012); Mass, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt (2011); Folks, Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris (2011); Staged & Screened, 126 Gallery, Galway (2011); Eleven Times, Trinity Projects, London (2010); and Translations, Monika Bobinska, London (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Before The Dust Settles, Feldbusch Wiesner Rudolph, Berlin (2021); Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Patrick Heide, London (2019); The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard, The British Museum, London (2019); Panta Rhei, Martina Detterer/ Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt (2018); Tràdito/Tradìto, Galleria Paolo Maria Deanesi, Trento (2018); L’Osservatorio, Canal Projects, London (2018); Monocromi, Galleria Opere Scelte, Turin (2018); Floating Urban Slime/Sublime, Miyauchi Gallery, Hiroshima (2018); The Colour and the Shape, Patrick Heide, London (2017); DR/OP: Beyond Boundaries, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore (2017); Collettiva di Lavori su Carte e Disegni, Spazio 22, Milan (2017); British Drawing, Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (2016); Wish you were here, MAC, Birmingham (2015); Data, Rochester Art Gallery (2015); and Give me Five, Staedel Museum, Frankfurt (2013).


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