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Brooks Kelly

Social commentary with a touch of whimsy

The human figure has inspired artists for centuries. While some artists focus on classic nudes, impressive portraits and epic scenes of gigantic proportions, I prefer to deal with contemporary everyday events and situations.

My mentors are Goya, Daumier, and Jack Levine...and, when successful, my work is a benign mixture of satire and capricious humor. I look for the gesture that defines the subject's personality.

My colorful palette comes, in part, from annual trips to the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where the natives are able to combine vibrant colors with a gusto that is foreign to my native New England.

Each painting is a challenge, and I paint to see what it will look like.

Brooks Kelly


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