Peter Brook

Impulse, 2023

102 × 102 cm
Brook’s current body of paintings draws on visual languages found in our online and urban environments. They are a response to both the pervasive digital algorithms and predictive systems that influence our current Western social and economic cultures, and the ordered abstract patterns found in our contemporary urban environment.

Backlit screens awash with a hyper-alternate reality of digital codes and structures, coupled with observations of light falling on patterns and surfaces in the built environment, provide Brook with a compositional framework for a developing exploration of the visual perception of colour.

The visual syntax of predictive digital systems and patterns from the urban environment are a vehicle for what Brook is calling ‘chromo plasticity’ where respective appearances of colour are influenced by neighbouring colours, yielding both chromatic harmony and contrast.
Following graduation from Victoria College (BA Fine Art), I have maintained a painting practice as well as working among remote communities in Papua New Guinea for sixteen years. I currently work alongside Australian Indigenous communities in the Central Desert region of Australia and maintain connections with artists and communities in the Pacific, and re-established a working studio practice at the Brewery Artist Lofts while studying in Los Angeles from 2013-2015 I have regularly exhibited since returning to Australia. SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2023 Truth and Lies, Five Walls Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne. 2022 Interplay, VMG Art Series. Catherine Asquith Art Advisory and Venetian Media Group, Melbourne. 2022 Blue Skies, Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne. 2022 Counterpoint, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne. 2020 Third Stockroom show, Five Walls Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne. 2020 Juncture | Disjuncture, Five Walls Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne. 2019 Fragments, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne. 2018 Kati Thanda / suggestion of memories, Tacit Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2022 TAPE TWENTY TWENTY TWO, Five Walls Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne. 2021 TABLE 21, Finite Art Space, Brisbane. 2021 TAPE 2, Five Walls Gallery, Footscray, Melbourne. 2021 Group Exhibition, Sandbox Studios, Brunswick, Melbourne. 2020 20[2020] Tacit Galleries, Collingwood, Melbourne.
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