Kelsey Brookes on Vimeo by TheCreativeLives

Shout out to San Diego based artist Kelsey Brookes! I caught one of his shows at Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California and was mesmerized by his array of colors, the amount of intricate details, and his masterful execution of fresh subject matter that just blew up the entire gallery. The work’s potency arguably lie’s 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.”

Brookes has been featured in numerous pop culture and design publications such as GQ, Modern Painters, Paper, Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, Dazed and Confused, Re:Up, and HUCK. The artist has also teamed up for illustration work with the likes of RVCA, VANS, and Insight 51 as well as musical sensation Grand Ole Party. Brookes’ work is also embraced by the California surf-scene, something that devours his free time. Check out more of his art at his website,

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