Rooted in landscape, particularly wild, remote, sometimes bleak locations, Ian Brooks’ work demonstrates a fascination with its small-scale details and textures.
“I am fortunate to visit some of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations through my work in academic science, studying the interactions between atmosphere and ocean and their role in climate, particularly in the Polar Regions.”
Etching provides an ideal medium with which to portray what are largely monochrome landscapes. The traditional technique of sugar-lift aquatint allows the image to be built up through layers of tightly controlled drawing, and more abstract, semi-random marks, that mimic the natural processes that texture the landscape. While working on the etchings the artist finds that there is a constant tension between a natural tendency towards realism and finely rendered detail and a desire to simplify and abstract the image to achieve a looser rendering that maintains the energy of the sketches made from life.