Kelsey brookes, artist


or San Diego–based artist Kelsey Brookes, in­spi­ra­tion stems om a sci­en­tific ed­u­ca­tion paired with a cu­rios­ity for life. While ur­su­ing a ca­reer in mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy, Brookes started il­lus­trat­ing he in­tri­cate pat­terns of the hu­man brain. Soon af­ter be­ing splayed in cof­fee shops, his pieces gained a fol­low­ing, and in 006, Brookes left the lab­o­ra­tory to fo­cus on art full time. Since his dra­matic vo­ca­tional change, his large-scale psy­che­delic aint­ings—or “really com­pli­cated doo­dles,” as he refers to them— ave been ex­hib­ited in no­table gal­leries around the world. But the on­nec­tion be­tween art and science is what moves Brookes the most. “My work is a com­bi­na­tion of my sci­en­tific back­ground and ur­rent artis­tic in­ter­est,” he says. “I have taken my un­der­stand­ing f molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy and mar­ried it with paint­ing.”

Brookes will be ex­hibit­ing his work at Eric Fire­stone Gallery dur­ing Miami Beach Art Basel this win­ter.

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