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Jesse Reno (MAP #80)

This Is What You Are
acrylic, oil pastel, pencil and collage
36″ x 36″

acrylic, oil pastel, pencil and collage
48″ x 36″

The Separation of Rats And Men
acrylic, oil pastel, pencil
96″ x 72″

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and painting and exhibiting his works since 2000. Jesse has amassed over 3000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as France and Mexico. Jesse’s work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, dpi and Somerset Studio just to name a few. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 ft mural as a reminder to the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.

my latest works deal with the idea of fragments and the connection. feeling rather than knowing. choosing instinct over logic to achieve desire rather than defined outcomes. the chaos of volcanos, the collapse of an avalanche, the weight of an anchor. the idea of buoyancy over balance. some locks do not open with keys. this is a world where candy canes grow at the tops of mountains. freedom comes from belief and choice, and all things are connected

more then one hundred times this year i have found understanding through
seemingly random shapes, colors, and markings. i find myself writing words
before i understand their meaning, trusting i will be wise enough to understand
them in time. magic does not reveal itself easily. when trying to see the future our eyes must be given time to adjust. to find our true purpose we must ask many
questions of ourselves. we must observe ourselves without judgment. we must
allow ourselves to become ourselves. preconceived plans lead to preconceived
outcomes. to find something new we must move without bounds. there are no hard
questions for truth.


Media: acrylic, mixed media 2D

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