OPULENT ABSTRACTIONS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
Michael Kessler’s abstractions are held in museums and major collections throughout the country. His signature technique of layering acrylics presents a fresh way of observing nature’s opulence. The complexities of his layering of color, texture and tonality held together with dynamic composition results in elegant harmonious compositions that delight the senses.
“These works are the result of veiled accumulations of paint in time,” says the artist of his work. “A veil can be beautiful in it-self, but also announces that something is underneath. What is there is another layer–another gesture as expansive as the painting itself. I work not only with color, but texture, transparency, luminosity, and rhythm. My geometries are not the result of measured formulae, but of sensibilities steeped in the love of painting. I try to bring the energy from the process of making to the process of seeing. My paintings are not about some hidden narrative: they are about what you see.”
Kessler paints on panel so he can either work flat to build layers or on the wall to address the painting process in a gravity-defined setting. His palette serves the immediate effect of clarity that works to both define his paintings and gracefully welcome the viewer. The complexity of these paintings is revealed when the viewer looks closer and begins to see the layering and the specific gestures that lead away from symmetry. Kessler’s paintings leave a bold first impression and follow that up with a worthy depth.
Michael has won major awards such as the Rome Prize of the American Academy and the prestigious Pollock/Krasner Award. His works are included in major museums throughout the United States, including: The New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Columbus Museum of Art, among many others.
Michael Kessler was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania. He received a B.F.A. degree from Kutztown University. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.