Troy Brooks looks at the contradictions of artificiality through portraits of androgynous women captured at the height of their own private dramas. Presenting them spot-lit, Troy makes them appear almost like film stars, enhancing the suggestion of potent hidden narratives. In this way his women seem somehow prisoners of their own exuberance, beholden to their decadent impulses whilst also lucid enough to perceive their own folly.
“Brooks’s female subjects are not what we might call beautiful in the traditional sense. But these oddly elongated, crystal eyed ladies are none the less compelling to look at. Each one seems to be a piece of a story that writes itself different for every viewer. One can’t help but wonder what lies beneath these contemplative faces... what have they seen?” — SHE WALKS SOFTLY “His surreal portraits of women with elongated anatomies have become signature icons of the new contemporary art scene. Clearly influenced by the dramatic glamour of the femme Fatales of 30’s and 40’s film noir, Brooks’ women stare down the viewer as if taking their measure from within the world behind the frame. They are aloof, yet burning with interior dialogue and seductively demanding the attention of anyone who catches their gaze.” — COREY HELFORD GALLERY