21st October - 21st October 2019
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Brooks is a master of visual simplicity, placing him at the forefront of contemporary fashion & lifestyle illustration today. Since graduating from The Royal School of Art, London in the 1980s he has gained an international reputation for creating dramatic & bold visuals with his use of silhouette & line that are instantly recognisable.
He is credited as being among the first to bring technology to the field of fashion illustration as early as the 1980s, although the foundation of his work lies in the skills of traditional & academic drawing & painting. His unique strength in the communication of a look can be enormously detailed in its execution, yet arrestingly simple in its final finished presentation. The glamorous & aspirational world of the imagination that Brooks presents in his work has attracted collaborations with a wide range of luxury & lifestyle brands including most recently Vogue Japan & Lancôme, Revlon, Mercedes Benz, Virgin Atlantic, Veuve Clicquot, Ritz Hotels & Lucasfilm.
Travel alongside fashion is a recurrent theme in his work & he is the author of a series of illustrated travel sketchbooks focusing on Paris, London & New York. New York Sketchbook & London Sketchbook were both finalists in the Victoria & Alberts Museum’s Book Illustration Awards, London Sketchbook winning the prestigious award in 2016. The V&A also holds an impressive collection of Brooks’ work in its permanent prints & drawings archive. His work has been selected to feature in a number of books including 100 Years of Fashion Illustration (Laurence King), Fashion Illustration Now (Thames & Hudson), Stylishly Drawn (Harry Abrams Inc.) & on the front cover of New Icons of Fashion Illustration (Laurence King).