Art Crush : : Jesse Reno

I experience a visceral delight whenever I see anything made by mad genius Jesse Reno. A real “Artist’s Artist”, and one of my absolute favorites, he is often grouped with the Outsider Art (a.k.a. Art Brut) movement, an artistic environment I find compelling, irresistible, alive and of-the-moment. Abstract narratives. Contemporary primitivism. A large and strong dictionary of symbols and icons that come together to form maps of Reno’s wisdom and experiences. Unapologetically personal and confrontational and courageous.

In addition to being a brilliant painter, Jesse composed, recorded, and produced all the music.

This video is over 20 minutes long, though I always find myself wishing it would go on forever. I could spend the rest of my life just watching Jesse paint. Every one of his books is a must-have.

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3 thoughts on “Art Crush : : Jesse Reno

    1. IKR, the number of layers his paintings go through is fantastic, it’s like he really does 8-10 paintings, one on top of the other. I admire his non-attachment to things, the way he can just cover anything he’s not happy with (even if, to the onlooker, it looks great) in an instant, and the painting seems to be undergoing an evolution through different animals and different characters…

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