Visual artist and poet John Brooks explores themes of identity, memory, death and place while considering questions of contemplation, the expression of emotion, the transformative power and the emotional resonance of particular experiences and what Max Beckmann described as “the deepest feeling about the mystery of being.”
A native of central Kentucky, Brooks studied Political Science and English literature at the College of Charleston, in 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 private collections in several countries. Brooks' poetry has been published in Assaracus and Plainsongs. Over the last two decades he has lived in London and Chicago and has been based in Louisville, Kentucky since late 2013. In 2017, Brooks launched Quappi Projects, a contemporary art gallery focusing on exhibiting work reflecting the zeitgeist.