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Ready for your close-up Mr Marlow? RA’s Tim is captured by Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks, Tim (detail, painting), 2017 Courtesy the artist and Marlborough London

Jason Brooks turns his forensic gaze on art world luminaries in an exhibition at Marlborough Fine Art in London next year (Jason Brooks: The Subject is not the Subject, 9 February-10 March 2018). The Royal Academy’s artistic director Tim Marlow, the artist Sue Webster, and the high-profile architect David Adjaye are all portrayed in a realist fashion by the Rotherham-born artist. “The source materials for the portraits are composited images from hundreds of photographs taken of the sitter by Brooks,” a press statement says. Another section of the show will include large-scale paintings inspired by amateur artists , which are titled after poems by the 19th-century UK poet John Clare. Brooks also reimagines devotional paintings, focusing on the allure of the painted icon (the intention here is to re-evaluate the original images in an affectionate and incisive way, prompting the viewer to consider how the “subject is not the subject”—hence the title).