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 the galleries listed below – either at the gallery or online; or email me at i.brooks.leeds@gmail.com.


Galleries currently holding selections of my work:


2020 – ING Discerning Eye Exhibition – original print prize
2020 – New Light Art Exhibition – Zillah Bell Printmaker’s Prize


2021 – Highgate Contemporary Art, London – Anonymous Postcard Exhibition
2021 – Royal Arsenal, Woolwich – Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
2021 – The Gallery, Holt – The Natural World
2021 – Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge – Contemporary Print Prize Exhibition
2021 – The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford – Open iso 2021
2021 – The Gallery, Holt – The Natural World
2020 – ING Discerning Eye Exhibition
2020 – Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
2020-2021 – New Light Art Prize Exhibition
– Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough (Sep – Jan 2021)
– The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle (Jun– Aug 2021)
– Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle (Sept-Oct 2021)
– Bankside Gallery, London (15-21 Nov, 2021)
2020 – Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford – Open iso 2020
2020 – Highgate Contemporary Art, London – Anonymous Postcard Exhibition
2019 – Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk – Winter Exhibition
2019 – Royal Arsenal, Woolwich – Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
2019 – Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey – Capturing Light (In Print)
2019 – Red Dot Mini-Print Exhibition
– The Garage Gallery, Aldeburgh
– Artspace, Woodbridge
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