Glen Kessler is an internationally collected and awarded artist as well as the founder of The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD. Kessler has a MFA from New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His works have graced the cover of ‘Professional Artist Magazine’ and in ‘The Artists' Magazine’ among other publications. He has work in the public collections of Prince Charles, Amazon Web Services, Ford's Theater, Capital One Bank, Dominion Bank, as well as hundreds of private collections around the world. He is a 2-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant for Outstanding Figurative Art, a Prince of Wales Fellow, and a Maryland State Arts Council Grant awardee. He is also a life-long teacher, having taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Washington University, George Mason University, and others. In 2013 he founded The Compass Atelier in Rockville, MD in order to teach a cohesive curriculum of artistic study of his own design. The school and its unique curriculum are proving to be a game-changer taking students, many of whom had little to no prior experience, to a professional practice in just 3 years of part-time study. Recent graduates have gone on to earn top prizes, regularly sell their work, and gain gallery representation.
Glen Kessler is an artist who is passionate about craftsmanship and conceptual depth. In a career that spans over 20 years, he has painted many subjects. In 2010, Kessler developed a unique series of works that push the limits of reality: CircuitScapes. In his CircuitScape series, Kessler explores in oil paint the similarities between computer circuitry and the urban landscape. The visual similarities are uncanny at what Kessler calls 'street level,' revealing highways, buildings, valleys and oceans. But it is the metaphorical connections between these two worlds that he finds most compelling. As Western culture evolves through its digital adolescence, the boundaries of right and wrong, good and evil, faith and reason are being rewritten. Kessler uses edgy compositions, a bold color palette, and his trademark bokeh (photo-informed blur), to push viewers to edge of hope and uncertainty that defines this brave new world.
Oil on canvas