Artist develops cancer of the pineal gland (he’s ok now)—and paints an incredible series of psychedelic landscapes

Shawn Thornton developed cancer in his pineal gland while attending art school. As his cancer progressed, he created a series of paintings documenting what he saw, that become increasingly complex, occult and beautiful over the course of about six years. (Luckily, he was operated on and healed.)

The pineal gland has long been thought to be the seat of consciousness, and tied to both mystic practices and the psychedelic effects of high-potency drugs like DMT. Thornton’s paintings, which look very much like DMT trips, seem to lend credence to this theory. See some of his work below:

Check out his full set of paintings here.


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