Troy Brooks (Canada)

International Artist

Troy Brooks (Canada)

International Artist

Troy Brooks is a contemporary surrealist painter known for his elaborate images of women in landscapes of visual metaphor. These women play out intimate scenes, usually caught in moments where something transformative has or is about to happen. Brooks’ impact on the pop-surrealist movement is widely recognized, exhibiting work in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. He lives in Toronto.




Toronto-based artist Troy Brooks paints glamorous women who don’t smile. In fact, the Women of Troy generally maintain cold, stoic faces despite the idea that the artist captures them in transformative moments. Brooks, who suffered greatly as a gay youth growing up in Canada, channels anger and escapism ever so subtly in characters inspired by Hollywood’s golden age, namely female leads who stood up to their male counterparts in less egalitarian times. The artist spoke with PRØHBTD about the many complexities in the stone-faced women he so brings to life on the canvas.


2017 Solo Show, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles US

2016 Femme to Femme Fatale, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco US

2016 10th Anniversary Group Show, Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles US

2016 “Happy” Group Show, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD

2016 Group Show, Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2016 Group Show, Roman Fine Art, New York US

2016 “Decadents”, James Freeman Gallery, London UK

2016 “Hours of Silence”, Gallery House, Toronto Canada

2016 “Veiled Hearts” Solo Show, Gallery House, Toronto Canada

2015 Group Show, Arcadia Contemporary, New York US

2015 “Lost Mitten Society”, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York US

2015 “Parabolic”, Red Head Gallery, Toronto Canada

2015 “Smashing Suggestions”, Pink Zeppelin Gallery, Berlin Germany

2014 Solo Show, TAC Gallery, Toronto Canada

2014 Solo Show, Pentimento Gallery, Canada Toronto


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