As an artist - working in oil, watercolour, pencil, ink and print media - he executed both abstracts and realistic works. Brooker became the first Canadian artist to exhibit abstracts in 1927; Sounds Assembling (1928) and Alleluiah (1929) are early important paintings.
As a novelist he won the first Governor General's Award for fiction with Think of the Earth (1936). He initiated, introduced and edited The Yearbook of the Arts in Canada 1928-1929, and a second volume in 1936. Brooker was an active member of Toronto's cultural life, painting, writing both prose and poetry, and regularly reviewing contemporary art and literature.
Author PATRICIA E. BOVEY