The Profundity of Nothing

Terri Brooks

Works 2016-20
October 4 to November 10
The Exhibitions of Sineresi
Sineresi Arte, Italy 

Critical text A.J.Byrnes
Edited by Anna R.J.Rivelli
Photograph Alan Cotton 

Many thanks to Giovanni Cafarelli and editor Anna R.J.Rivelli

Minor Variations, 2003, oil and enamel on canvas, 153 x 183 cm. Private collection Australia

'The deployment of reductionist aesthetics and the modernist grid – albeit an often disassembled one in Brooks’ work, provide key points of departure for both artist and viewer. The physical properties of the grid offer stasis and a lack of hierarchy, which informs the transformative promise of this work. Attention is given to the simplicity of the works’ structure, to their ordered qualities and muteness, which directs the viewer back upon the quality of his or her own perceptions. The viewer moves from a state of chaos to inner equilibrium and focused attention and as a consequence, one is urged to reflect on the present at a profoundly physical level. Every aspect of such an experience, its reflectiveness, the manner in which it illuminates the nature of our feeling and knowing through an object, a spatial situation, suggests an analogy to the posture and method of phenomenological inquiry.' Excerpt A.J.Byrnes, The Profundity of Nothing.

Arc, 2010, oil and enamel on paper, 41 x 31 cm x 2. Private collection Germany

With Black Dot, 2011, oil, enamel, pigment and PVA on canvas, 43 x 33 cm. Private collection Australia

White Process, 2019, oil on canvas, 137 x 183 cm.

Brown Black Lines, 2020, oil on canvas, 41 x 31 cm

'Since 1989 Terri Brooks has held over twenty solo shows in Australia, New Zealand, Italy and the Netherlands as well as participating in numerous exhibitions including art fairs in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland and Hong Kong. Her work is in the Neubrandenburg Museum Collection, Germany, The Macquarie Group Collection, Westpac Bank, many other corporate and private collections around the world. For over ten years her work has been incorporated into projects by leading interior designers and architects for exclusive and award winning interiors. In 2018 she completed two major commissions for the Westin, Perth and Sheraton Four Points, Sydney. The mark making of my abstract paintings comprises the use of opposite elements including black, white, dot and line and horizontals and verticals. Natural processes, architecture and ‘found marks’ observed walking in the city and landscape inform the work.' Sineresi Arte


'Terri Brooks la profondità del nulla, Dal caos dell'equilibrio interiore', Sineresi Arte, 
Cronache del Mezzogiorno, It. July 19, 2021. p5.

Les PromenadeS du regard

By Jacques Lefebvre-Linetzky 
September 14, 2020 

‘Drawing is, according to Klee, a daily exercise that continues over the days, a dynamic creative act. Each line echoes the previous one and announces the next, the line is music where each note finds its place in a system that is both repetitive and unique. In short, it is not that simple a "simple" line ... I will be careful not to offer you an exhaustive list of artists who have looked into the question. I wouldn't be able to, there are too many of them.’ Translated excerpt.

Thanks so much Jacques Lefebvre-Linetzky 

Following the Line, 2018, oil on canvas, 107 x 91 cm.

This lengthy blog post links my work to classic films and other artists who use line including Paul Klee. 

Terri Brooks in Focus

Linton and Kay Galleries
299 Railway Rd (cnr Nicholson Rd)
Subiaco WA 6008
Phone: (08) 9388 3300
Monday to Saturday 10-4 pm, Sunday 11-4 pm


Rule of Thirds, 2020, oil on canvas, 102 x 102 cm.

Crisscross, 2020, oil on canvas, 112 x 102 cm.

Horizontal Yellow, 2020, oil on canvas, 107 x 137 cm.

Summertime Blues, 2020, oil on canvas, 123 x 97 cm.

Buff, White Lines, 2020, oil on canvas, 122 x 91 cm.

Radiate, 2020, oil on canvas, 91 x 71 cm.

Ways to make a check, 2020, oil on canvas, 84 x 61 cm.

Broken Weave, 2020, oil on canvas, 84 x 61 cm.

Fine Grid, 2020, oil on canvas,41 x 31 cm.

The Paper Bag Award Show

Cross Gallery
Opening July 18 

Electra Street

My bags are each made from twelve supermarket brown paper lunch bags that have been pulled apart and reconstructed. They are rock hard. 

Paper Bag, 2020, oil on paper, 21 x 28 x 8 cm.

The bag ‘painting’ is based on a memory of sugar coated candy. When I was at high school I had a part time job bagging candy for Coles in Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Many thanks to the award judge John Greenhaigh for selecting 'Paper Bag' as the winner!
There are so many great entries from around the world.

Black Stripe Bag, 2020, 21 x 25 x 14 cm.

This bag painting is based on the memories of the bags you get when you buy fine art materials.

Clinton Cross in the NewsMail, June 10, Bundaberg Qld.

NewsMail, June 10, Bundaberg Qld.

Rhylea Millar, 'The cat is out of the paper bag: Exhibition winner announced'
DailyMail Bundaberg, July 23. 

Article excerpts

Then and Now

Artist' Luck, 2020, mobile selfie.

Frederick McCubbin. Down on His Luck, 1889, oil on canvas, 115 x 153 cm (detail).

These times are being likened to the 1930s Great Depression. The 1890s were also a time of Depression after the Land Boom. I live where the Australia Impressionists painted.

No more 5 pm, 2020, mobile selfie.

John Brack, Collins St, 5p.m, 1955, oil on canvas, 114.8 × 162.8 cm. NGV collection. 

‘...Brack depicts Melbourne’s financial centre hub at the end of the working day, uniformly dressed office-workers stream homeward...’ NGV website

Terri Brooks' Lounge Show

Art Lounge International
Ohio, USA
April 2020

Brown Weft
Oil and enamel on canvas
91 x 71 cm; 35.8 x 27.9 in.
Ships from Australia.
USD 2450


I was excited to be invited by the team at TRiCERA to join the Tokyo based online art site. 

World's Art as One
TRiCERA's activities are not limited to domestic; we provide a system to support developing countries by selling their hidden artworks to the world. Remove barriers for all artists in the world, "Creativity has No Boundaries" - excerpt Tricera website


Below are some included works:

Waves, 2016 oil on canvas, 122 x 153 cm.

Black Weave, 2018, oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cm.

Horizontal Whites, 2020, oil on cardboard, 45 x 35 cm.

Brown White Box, 2020, oil and pencil on cardboard, 45 x 35 cm. Angel view.

Art Lounge International

I have happily up-scaled my collection of paintings available at Art Lounge International including the works below. Shipping from Melbourne.

Based in Ohio the site specialises in reductive and new modern works.

Visit the website:

Brown Stripes, 2019, oil on canvas, 122 x 122 cm.

White Square, 2019, oil on canvas 76 x 71 cm.

emergent magazine

émergent Magazine is a printed and internationally distributed publication focusing on contemporary painting.

Guest Editor Emma North, Richeldis Fine Art, along with articles on Park Seo-Bo and Pat Steir.

émergent brings together both established and developing contemporary painters. émergent can be found in institutions and galleries around the world such as MoMA PS1 in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

Emergent Magazine arrived in the post! Very happy to be included. Some pages.... 

Kathryn Marshall, Terri Brooks, guest editor, Emma North, Richeldis Fine Art, Emergent Magazine UK, 177-87.

20 (2020)

March 4 - 15Tacit Art Galleries
123a Gipps Street, Collingwood, Victoria
Opening Wednesday March 4, 6.30-8 pm

A group exhibition of selected artists as part of Tacit's 20 year anniversary. Each artist was given a 20 x 20" (51 x 51 cm) canvas to work with.

Brown Plain, 2020, oil on canvas, 51 x 51 cm.

Installation image

Rose Moxham, John Hockings and Terri Brooks

Opening Friday 6th March 6pm
Through March
Cross Gallery
Bundaberg QLD

Rose Moxham

John Hockings

Terri Brooks

A6 Murals Worldwide

A project by Lydia Wierenga's (Netherlands)

Mural No. 18
January 30, 2020
Melbourne, Australia

Each artist has a set of instructions to create the mural and document it.

Images: close up of the mural, in situation, outside my house, my work and a self portrait.

Update book published!

Anke Roder, 'Lydia Wierenga, A6 Murals Worldwide', Terri Brooks, Lydia Wierenga NL, p. 18.