michael kessler
  b i o g r a p h y

Michael Kessler's paintings are well known for their elaborate topography consisting of multi-layered veneers of acrylic combined with curvilinear elements and submerged sensual shapes.

Kessler's source inspiration originates from years spent on the family farm in rural Pennsylvania. organic transformations occuring on both the ocean's and forest floors are permanently etched into the artist's visual vocabulary. Long-standing observations of nature are essential to Kessler's current lexicon and can be observed in his new work as a universe of disperate forms consisting of contrasting color and texture. Discarded farm implements, tree bark, filtered sunlight and pond water all merge to inform Kessler's bold and self-assured compositions.


Michael Kessler is the recipient of both the prestigious Rome prize and the Pollock-Krasner Award and is represented in over twenty six prominent museum collections throughout the country. Kessler's work has recently been acquired by three museums, among them the prestigious De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.