About

I was always torn between art and science, and when it came to the crunch I chose science and studied physics. For a long time I managed to keep a sideline going in art – doing bits of illustration and graphics, and selling a few pieces along the way. Eventually this stopped – too busy at work – though I never quite stopped drawing, and kept promising myself I’d make more time for it. A few years ago an artist friend persuaded me to try etching and I became mildly obsessed. In an age of ubiquitous digital media, I much prefer to work with traditional techniques – etching, wood engraving and lino cuts – to create a physical artwork. Finally, I decided I needed to make time to return to art and treat it seriously again; the works here are the result.

When not trying to coax images out of polished copper plates (actually, most of the time) I work as a professor in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science at the University of Leeds. My research on air-sea interaction and polar climate relies heavily on measurements made in the field, which has taken me to some very remote, and very beautiful places, and provided source material for many of the artworks shown here.

About the work

Most of the works show here are etchings, specifically aquatints. They are acid etched on copper plates bitten with Edinburgh etch (a mix of ferric chloride and acetic acid). They are printed by hand, using oil based inks, on archival papers – mostly 300gsm Somerset satin finish hand made paper from St Cuthbert’s Mill.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the work, you can buy many of them from both Hope Gallery and Water Street Gallery, either at the gallery or online; or email me at i.brooks.leeds@gmail.com.

Galleries

Galleries currently holding selections of my work:

Exhibitions

2019 – Water Street Gallery, Todmorden – Distant Shoressolo show
2018-2019 – Water Steet Gallery, Todmorden – Amazing Rare Things 
2018 – Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk – Winter Exhibition
2018 – Royal Arsenal, Woolwich – Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
2018 – Bingley Gallery, Bingley – Far & Near – solo show
2018 – Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke – our eARTh 2018 
2017-2018 – Water Street Gallery, Todmorden – Small Works : Winter Open
2017 – Bankside Gallery, London – RE National Original Print Exhibition
2017 – Hahnemühle/Red-Dot Mini-Print Exhibition
– The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh (22-26 Sept)
– Nunns Yard, Norwich (20-23 Oct)
– Art Space, Cambridge (17-19 Nov)
– The New Cut, Halesworth (01-04 Dec)
– Market Place Gallery (pop-up), Bungay, Suffolk (15- 23 Dec)
– Granary Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold (16-18 Mar)
– ARTSPACE, Woodbridge, Suffolk (05-10 Apr 2018)
– Wingfield Barns, Suffolk (21-29 Apr 2018)
2017 – Beside The Wave London – Summer Open
2017 – Bingley Gallery – group show

2012 – South Square Gallery – Open Salon
2012 – Keighley Artists Studios – The Drawing Room