Triple Happiness (Black on White), 2013
Letter press rubber ink on cotton rag paper
24″ x 18″
61cm x 45.7cm
Edition of 236
Signed and titled lower left corner. Edition number listed lower right corner.
KELSEY BROOKES is a former biochemist who attributes his raw style to an education system “that refuses to teach scientists to draw.” Science’s loss is art’s gain. The work’s potency arguably lies in the way its clash of ancient and ultra-modern references downplay the sex and death, which are featured heavily in the work. Brookes describes his art as “an unrefined and, some would say, unskilled mix of sex, comedy and animals which is derived from a true passion for all three, except not necessarily all at the same time.” Coming from a background in molecular biology, Brookes’ newest series of work has taken his knowledge of scientific drawings and expanded them into candy colored and monochrome paintings that explore molecular structure.
Brookes has had recent solo exhibitions in La Jolla, Malibu, Los Angeles, London and Berlin. His work is currently being featured as the cover art for the Red Hot Chili Peppers newest record release. The artist has also teamed up for illustration work with the likes of RVCA, VANS, and Insight 51. Brookes has been featured in numerous pop culture and design publications such as GQ, Modern Painters, ARTnews, Playboy, Paper, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Dazed and Confused, RE:UP, and HUCK. Most recently Brookes was featured in the publication SKULL STYLE: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design as well as GO WEST!: Cutting-edge creative in the United States. His work now also belongs in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.