The Rapture of Art
Paintings by Jesse Guillen

New Haven Free Public Library Gallery
133 Elm Street (Lower Level) New Haven, CT


Artist Reception: Saturday, October 24, 2009, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Exhibition: October 3 to October 30, 2009
"The DNA of Antiquity" by Jesse Guillen, acrylic on canvas, 72"w x 48"h

New Haven artist Chucho (Jesse) Guillen's interest in painting started from a young age and has since been fueled by his travels, life experiences, and was inspired by his experience studying art with Fr. William B. Wasson (1924-2006) in Arizona.

"Woman in Sensuous Rapture" by Jesse Guillen, acrylic & beeswax on canvas, 47 1/2"w x 35 1/2"h

Mr. Guillen's technique is motivated by freedom that forms uninhibited rushstrokes, and a sense of the artist's passion and inner-energy emerges in his art works.
"From Sea to Shining Sea" by Jesse Guillen, acrylic on canvas, 60"w x 36"h

His vibrant style and fresh look allows the mundane to become a point of departure, which in turn becomes revitalized and invigorated. This emotionally and energistically charged approach to painting develops a fresh perspective to art.

Mr. Guillen paints murals and is very involved in public art in New Haven, Connecticut, whilst also being privately acquired by collectors and large companies in the USA. Mr. Guillen has developed a following in Amherst, Massachusetts, SoHo in New York City, and many other venues. His painting "Woman in Sensuous Rapture" was accepted to the 2009 Biennale
Chianciano in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany, Italy, and is included in the Biennale Catalog

"Three Graces" by Jesse Guillen, acrylic on canvas, 60"w x 48"h
"Ecce Homo" by Jesse Guillen, acrylic on canvas, 48"w x 60"h