About Joanne Brooker
Art is my language. This is how I interact, how I make comment, how I reflect back the influences, experiences and situations that affect
me. To do this, I use the tools I have a connection to, primarily acrylics, oils and ink.
Acrylics allow me to work in semi-opaque layers, creating fine detail, working quickly to capture an exacting vision.
Oils attract me with intense colours, creamy textures and unpredictability. With them I experiment, working to capture an emotion, an essence.
Ink is exacting, bold, and graphic; this medium fulfils my need for clarification, negative space and the haiku of line.
My work is strongly influenced by the imagery available to me as a child. Comics, graphic novels, TV cartoons and fantasy.
They taught me economy of line, visual narrative, layout, animation and character creation.
Studying the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland, the Arabian Nights, Hans Christian Anderson, taught me colour and detail, the delicacy and
power of the black line, the joy of grotesquery and the connections between illustration and words.
All of these skills were brought to my ten years as an editorial artist for newspapers, creating political and social comment.
On leaving the media world in 2001, I travelled, discovering a new context for my work. My art broke through language and cultural barriers in
China, South America, Asia, Iran and the Middle East. I discovered my visual political comment, acceptable in Australia, had a very different
context within these countries. This situation has added a new dimension to my work, an area I am continuing to explore.
I surround myself with images from artists creating the dark, the surreal, the comic, the powerful line, the challenging attitude and technical brilliance.
The work of Sebastian Kruger, Michael Hussar, Takashi Murakami, Francis Bacon, Rolf Steadman, Marjan Satrapi, Art Spiegelman and myriads
of outsider art, graffiti, movie posters, contemporary Japanese art, tattoo and manipulated photo imagery.
My work features almost exclusively, faces.
Faces are the avatars of character, emotion and comment. They are the most demanding of subjects, challenging and engaging. I never tire of their endless variables and their personal connections to myself and the viewer.
Each image I create comes to realisation only after a great deal of consideration.
The intensity of my imagination often means this can be a fast transition, other times it takes time to fully form.
The actual technical creation of the image is immediate and fast.
I love to work with acrylics and inks, however, oils are my passion, satisfying my need for spontaneous expression.
Spontaneity is where the honesty of my work lies. The influences that excite me, the interaction with my work
and the drama and drive behind my vision.
Finalist Brisbane Portrait Prize, Tim Page: A Life in Pictures. 2021.
Aspire Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane. 2021
Royal Queensland Art Society, The Art of Imagination. Merit for Aria Aslan. 2021
'Six degrees' group show at Air Gallery, Luton, London 2010.
The 9th Tehran International Cartoon Bienniel 2009
Esfahan House of cartoon Exhibiion 2009
DUCTAC D-pict Illustration Exhibition 2009
Hozeye Honary Esfahan ( Esfahan Art Field) Esfahan Cartoon
Association Anniversary Exhibition opening May 2007
Creative Woman and the Art of Comic” Exposicin Las Mujeres
Creadoras y El Arte De La Caricatura Bolivia South America
Encuentro International Cartoon Festival La Paz Bolivia 2007
Galleriazero, Barcelona Spain 2006
Saales Gallery, Tehran 2006
Metro Arts Gallery Faces Exhibion, Brisbane, Australia
Coolac Festival of Fun, Bald Archies, Sydney
St Justin Cartoon Exhibition, France
Sunday Mail Art Exhibition, Australia
Ayr Cartoon Festival, Scotland
Brisbane State Library "Media Art, Past, Present and Future".
Sydney Art Gallery, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Bunker Cartoon Gallery "Australian Women Cartoonists"
Back to Back Gallery, Newcastle "Hope" Exhibition
Brisbane Writers Festival WordPlay
Brisbane Writers Festival
Get The Message Panel Discussion
Gold Coast Pet Expo
Arabian Insight Magazine
Seven Days Newspaper, Dubai
IQ magazine, Dubai
Dubai Ladies Club
American International School, Dubai
Indian School, Dubai
Irish Club, Dubai
Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai
Wilson Insurance Brokers
Atlantis Hotel, Dubai
The Walkley Madazine Australia
Dissent Magazine Australia
Nomination The Clarion awards 2011
Queensland Media Award 2007 Best Cartoon
Queensland Media Award 2006 Best Cartoon
NSW Journalism Awards: Best Artwork 2005
Bringing Down the House, Old Parliament House, Canberra.
Peoples Choice Award,
The Stanley Awards
Artist of the Year, Gold Stanley
Caricaturist of the Year
Nominated Best Realist Artist
Nominated Best Caricaturist
Queensland Media Awards,
Best Editorial artwork (twice awarded)
Coffs Harbour Rotary Cartoon Awards
Best Caricature, (twice awarded)
Nominated Best Caricature (three times awarded)
Queensland State Finalist
China Promotion Tours to thirteen cities including Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Chungdu, Shuhai and many more...
Oct 8-25 2003, April 8-21 2003 , March 15-April 14 2004
Evens and Peck
Heide Gallery, Victoria
Bedigo Gallery, Victoria
Sturt University Canberra
University of Southern Queensland
McGregor Summer/Winter School, Toowoomba
Darwin Parliament House
Alice Springs Community Library
Newcastle Community Arts Centre
Hunter Community College
State Library of Queensland
Bunker Cartoon Gallery
Brisbane Institute of Art
Newcastle State Library
Woodford Folk Festival
USQ McGregor Winter School
Flying Arts Queensland, workshops all over Australia.