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 spiritually charged and colorful art can be found broadly throughout the USA and Europe. Kelsey's figurative paintings draw influence from Hindu and Buddhist deities, exotic animals, sex, and rustic American quilts. His chimeras are frozen with animalistic intensity in explosive and tortured positions. Each deistic figure is adorned with ghostly representations of the natural world, animals and plants that unfold and expand from the figure into the surrounding canvas. Kelsey blames this raw, anxious form of art on the U.S. University system, which refuses to teach its scientists how to draw..