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John Brooks - Artists - Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

A visual artist and poet, John Brooks (b. 1978, Frankfort, Kentucky) explores themes of identity, memory, death and place while considering questions of contemplation, the expression of emotion, the transformative power and emotional resonance of particular experiences—and what Max Beckmann described as “the deepest feeling about the mystery of being." 

Brooks is a native of central Kentucky. He studied Political Science and English literature at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, with continuing education in art at Central St. Martins and the Hampstead School of Art in London, England. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and is held in the collection of 21C Museum Hotels, Grinnell College Museum of Art, and numerous private collections. Brooks' poetry has been published in Assaracus, East by Northeast, and Plainsongs. Over the last two decades, he spent several years in London and Chicago and has been based in Louisville, Kentucky, since late 2013. In 2017, Brooks launched Quappi Projects, a Louisville-based contemporary art gallery focusing on exhibiting work reflecting the zeitgeist, where he has curated over twenty-five exhibitions.

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