michael kessler

about the artist

Michael Kessler began his career as a representational painter, but now explores “the continuum between gesture and geometry.” This dialogue stems from his study of nature, particularly the landscapes of New Mexico, where he resides. Kessler utilizes multiple diverse implements and techniques to apply paint to his panels, including skimmers, trowels, sandpaper, steel wool or razorblades. Hard edge imagery butts up against calligraphic lines, saturated colors and intricate surface patterns. The interplay of representation and abstraction remains central to his artistry, which critics have likened to Wassily Kandinsky, Arthur Dove or Charles Burchfield.

Over the course of his career Kessler has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Rome Prize and a Pollack/Krasner award.  His work is in over 200 major corporate collections and 25 museums such as The Broad Foundation in Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.



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