Born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, Michael Kessler currently lives and works in New Mexico. After graduating from Kutztown University with a B.F.A., Kessler established his career as an artist, exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions from New York, to Sweden, to Los Angeles. His work has captured audiences since the 1980s and continues to be collected around the world.
Personal histories, voyages, and discoveries are transported and communicated through process, mark making, and visceral expression in the work of Michael Kessler. His paintings offer a transparent view of their journey as their paintings become. Select areas of intended color combine with palettes inspired by nature. Activated compositions pulsate with energy, yet are grounded with structure, line, and open space.
Kessler’s acrylic on panel paintings utilize numerous translucent and transparent layers to crystallize his abstract, gestural, and geometric configurations. With a meditative focus, he pours, scrapes, smooths, tapes, and sands the paint to reveal biomorphic entities. Kessler draws from his connection to the New Mexican landscape, branches, leaves, and trees. In his latest&n... READ MORE