'Fill (II)', Alan Brooks

Painting of a yellow square with a lot of thin black horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines roughly running across it

Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 183cm, 2005

Artist's statement

'Fill (II)' started as a found scribble on a discarded post-it note. I was attracted to its bored, absent-minded spontaneity, its author filling in time as well as the physical space of the piece of paper. I enjoyed its structure and its disciplined use of the square.

By remaking the image, enlarging and magnifying its surface detail, my intention was to harness the attitude of the original and add to it a perverse, fragile peculiarity. The process and the painting act as a container for managing an insane desire to make gestural marks.


Alan Brooks was born in Southend in 1965. He studied at Jacob Kramer College of Art Leeds 1984-85, Reading University 1986-90 and the Slade School of Art London 1990-92. Group shows include NatWest Painting Prize Lothbury Galleries London 1998 & 1999, Jerwood Painting Prize Jerwood Gallery London 1998, East International Norwich Gallery 1999 and Under-Lie Keith Talent Gallery London 2005. Solo shows include Marlene Eleini Gallery London 1998, Galerie Albrecht Munich 1999, Percy Miller Gallery London 2000 and Mobile Home Gallery London 2001. Showed in John Moores 20 1997. A Prizewinner in John Moores 21 1999.