Ecstatic Encounters: Poetry and Paintings Worth A Thousand Words by Jesse Glenn and Brandon Thompson

Opening Reception: Friday May 20th

May 20th- June 10th, 2016

“Ecstatic Encounters: Poetry and Paintings Worth a Thousand Words” is an ars poetica: a marriage of visual art and poetry. It is an artistic collaboration by artist Jesse Glenn and poet Brandon Thompson. At the core of this project is an effort to capture the universal experience of personal influence. We hope to illuminate the simple stories of people and places that touch our lives. This project will culminate with a series of paintings, each with an accompanying ecstatic poem, aimed at capturing the essence of the subject. Archetypes will be explored such as “The Carpenter,” “The Lady on the Plane,” “The Lovers,” and many more of the common-but-mystical, mundane-but-profound individuals who live in our hearts and touch us along our Paths.

Artist/Group Bio

Jesse Glenn is a painter, an intellectual, a teacher and a father. He is an established and successful artist specializing in acrylic fine art. When not creating original works of art, he spends his time as a painting instructor for Pinot’s Palette, the nations leading paint and sip studio. Jesse has been a professional since 2010 and his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, galleries, and publications throughout the years. In addition to his large body of work, Jesse also has proficient knowledge and experience in the fields of graphic design and video production.

Jesse’s current work explores the relationship between color and emotion, between shape and perception. He paints personal, deep rooted experiences in an attempt to capture the human condition. His work is representational yet non-realistic, depicting familiar sentiments in a truly unique way.

Brandon Thompson is a poet, a scholar, a musician and a lover of music, and a Buddhist practitioner and teacher. He is an Associate Core Faculty Member in Sofia University’s Hybrid: Face-to-Face/Online Master’s program, and spends his days joyfully guiding and humbly mentoring students from all over the world. Brandon has been a student of Mahayana Buddhism since 1999, and has taught in this tradition since taking his bodhisattva vow in the summer of 2007. He finds his home practices in lojong (mind training) and tonglen (sending and taking) meditation, first prescribed by the Buddhist sage Shantideva in the 8th century. In addition to this, Brandon has published a book of ecstatic poetry entitled “The Long Road Home: A Collection of Poems from an Open Heart,” currently in its Second Edition. His second collection of poetry, “From the Back of a Thirsty Camel,” was released in the fall 2015. He regularly facilitates ecstatic poetry workshops across the United States.

Brandon’s current work involves bringing ecstatic poetry more fully into his life and into the world. Through his publications, scholarly writing, teaching, and workshops, Brandon is seeking to share the transformative power of ecstatic poetry with others and to further define and engage the power of this ancient contemplative art form.
Artist Statement (Optional)Artist Statement – Jesse Glenn

My artwork is visceral, using bold colors, hard lines, and vivid detail to convey emotion and depth. I use vibrant hues and energetic shapes to express beauty and meaning. I want my work to connect with people on a personal, nostalgic level. Although nostalgia is often triggered by intense feelings, it results in increasing one’s mood and heightening positive emotions. I want my art to do the same.

My background in computer graphics and art history allow me to successfully merge design with fine art. I use various design and illustration tools to create a digital image. I then sketch the finished composition onto canvas and paint it using defined angles and precise detail. I enjoy using acrylics because they are bright, bold, and extremely resourceful; accurately depicting the mood I want my paintings to convey. In my current work, I am exploring the relationship between color and emotion, between shape and perception. I paint personal, deep rooted experiences in an attempt to capture the human condition. My work is representational yet non-realistic, depicting familiar sentiments in a truly unique way.

“Brandon and I are beyond excited about showing our work at Pyramid Hill. Our collaboration of art and poetry has been a labor of love and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity to exhibit at such an amazing venue.” – Jesse Glenn

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