Kelsey Brookes was born in 1978. A formally trained scientist who spent years tracking viruses for the U.S. government, he now lives and works in San Diego as a painter. His art can be found broadly throughout the US and Europe and is represented internationally by the Lazarides gallery (London). Kelsey’s figurative paintings drawa influence from Hindu and Buddhist deities, exotic animals and sex, as well as rustic American quilts. Each figure is adorned with ghostly representations of the natural world... animals and plants that unfold from the body into the surrounding canvas. His chimeras are frozen with animalistic intensity in explosive and sometimes tortured positions. Kelsey blames this raw, anxious form of art on the U.S. University system which refuses to teach its scientists how to draw.
Kelsey Brookes | Like Knows Like
ANP Artist Kelsey Brookes featured in Like Knows Like short.
Kelsey Brookes | Serotonin
On December 10th Kelsey Brookes' show "Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States" opened at the Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA. This was Kelsey's second solo show at the gallery. His pieces were based on the molecular structure of atoms in the theme of hallucinogenic drugs and the effect they have on your body's natural serotonin. The bursts of colors/waves starts at the molecule. The show was hit to say the least and the pieces sold out before even opening! See our Kelsey Brookes Serotonin article for photos of the show by Keegan Gibbs.