Michael Kessler is an artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Kessler > Update
I am currently at my Utah studio in the mountains north of Zion National Park.
Much of my inspiration comes form this dynamic landscape.
As for Red, Black, and Tan I began to use that scheme in 1990 when I was living in Rome.
I noticed those colors everywhere there and began to use them.
It remains one of my favorite color combinations however I LOVE all colors and therefore work across the spectrum.
For a few weeks I will explore a certain color combination.
Yellow is the most difficult color to use well as any painter will tell you.
When I choose a color combination I observe how they work in Nature and then employ those properties.
Recently I have begun to make my work on canvas. The main reason for this is because I want to make large works and panels are just too heavy. It was necessary to solve several technical problems which I have managed to do. One requirement for my process is a very firm and tight surface and another is a smooth surface. Canvas has a rough surface and tends to flop and sag a bit so I solved these two problems by collaging paper to the canvas surface. This tightens the canvas like a drum and provides me with the perfect smooth white surface so all of my many technics work well. Now I can produce large expansive works on light-weight canvases that are easy to move and handle. For me this is miraculous and I am thrilled!
The "digital" aspect is often seen as an aspect of my work and that is no accident. Even the more organic works have some of this "digital" look. I want my work to reflect the new media we all use every day. I want my work to belong to it's time in history. I am a keen observer of contemporary design in every form including architecture. In many ways my painting process is similar to Photoshop operations. I use Photoshop every day and it effects my paintings very much.