Mike Elsass

Artwork

Agave Path Series I

Mike Elsass

Agave Path Series I

mixed media painting

10 x 45 in

Austin Little Treasure 1 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasure 1 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Little Treasures 5 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasures 5 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Summer Days I, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Summer Days I, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 48 in

Austin Sunrise Totem II, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Sunrise Totem II, 2019

Mixed Media

5 x 36 in

Austin Treasure 4 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Treasure 4 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 12 x 1 in

Crosby III

Mike Elsass

Crosby III

mixed media painting

90 x 68.50 in

Little Gem I

Mike Elsass

Little Gem I

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Little Gems Assorted    5 x 7, 2019

Mike Elsass

Little Gems Assorted 5 x 7, 2019

Mixed Media Painting

5 x 7 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem Assorted 7 x 7, 2019

Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem Assorted 7 x 7, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 in

New Day Series - Magnetic Wall Mount Assorted   12 x 24

Mike Elsass

New Day Series - Magnetic Wall Mount Assorted 12 x 24

mixed media painting

12 x 24 x 1 in

Renewal Series III

Mike Elsass

Renewal Series III

mixed media painting

36 x 12 x 2 in

Santa Catalina Assorted   48 x 12

Mike Elsass

Santa Catalina Assorted 48 x 12

mixed media painting

48 x 12 in

Spa Totem Assorted    60 x 5

Mike Elsass

Spa Totem Assorted 60 x 5

Mixed Media

60 x 5 x 2 in

Tate II

Mike Elsass

Tate II

mixed media painting

24 x 100 in

Turquoise Road IV

Mike Elsass

Turquoise Road IV

Mixed Media Painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

Agave Path Series II

Mike Elsass

Agave Path Series II

mixed media painting

10 x 45 in

Austin Little Treasure 2 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasure 2 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Little Treasures 6 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasures 6 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Summer Days II, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Summer Days II, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 48 in

Austin Treasure 1 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Treasure 1 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 12 x 1 in

Beautiful Silence, 2019

Mike Elsass

Beautiful Silence, 2019

Mixed Media

15 x 10 in

Desert Magic - Magnetically Wall Mounted  14 x 11

Mike Elsass

Desert Magic - Magnetically Wall Mounted 14 x 11

mixed media painting

14 x 11 in

Little Gem II

Mike Elsass

Little Gem II

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Little Treasures Assorted   7 x 7, 2019

Mike Elsass

Little Treasures Assorted 7 x 7, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 in

Mindful Living Series - Assorted 12x12 Magnetic Mounted

Mike Elsass

Mindful Living Series - Assorted 12x12 Magnetic Mounted

mixed media painting

12 x 12 in

Quiet Time, 2019

Mike Elsass

Quiet Time, 2019

mixed media painting

18 x 10 in

Restful Series - Assorted

Mike Elsass

Restful Series - Assorted

mixed media painting

45 x 12 in

Simple, 2019

Mike Elsass

Simple, 2019

Mixed Media

45 x 4 in

Spirit Totem 60 x 5 - Assorted

Mike Elsass

Spirit Totem 60 x 5 - Assorted

Mixed Media

60 x 5 in

Tate III

Mike Elsass

Tate III

mixed media painting

24 x 140 in

Turquoise Road V

Mike Elsass

Turquoise Road V

Mixed Media Painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

Agave Path Series III

Mike Elsass

Agave Path Series III

mixed media painting

10 x 45 in

Austin Little Treasure 3 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasure 3 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Sky Totem II, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Sky Totem II, 2019

Mixed Media

4 x 48 in

Austin Summer Days III, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Summer Days III, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 48 in

Austin Treasure 2 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Treasure 2 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 12 x 1 in

Crosby I

Mike Elsass

Crosby I

mixed media painting

90 x 50 in

Full Moon III, 2019

Mike Elsass

Full Moon III, 2019

mixed media painting

20 x 20 in

Little Gem III

Mike Elsass

Little Gem III

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Magnetic Attraction

Mike Elsass

Magnetic Attraction

Mixed Media

12 x 48 in

Miraval Full Moon II

Mike Elsass

Miraval Full Moon II

mixed media painting

20 x 20 in

Renewal Series I

Mike Elsass

Renewal Series I

mixed media painting

36 x 12 x 2 in

Restful Series I

Mike Elsass

Restful Series I

mixed media painting

45 x 12 in

Spa Series II Magnetic

Mike Elsass

Spa Series II Magnetic

Mixed Media

33 x 8 in

Spirit Totem III -- 4"

Mike Elsass

Spirit Totem III -- 4"

Mixed Media

60 x 4 in

Tucson Cool, 2019

Mike Elsass

Tucson Cool, 2019

mixed media painting

8 x 18 x 1 in

Washes

Mike Elsass

Washes

mixed media painting

20 x 20 in

Amuse Bouche Magnetic Mount Assorted    7 x 7, 2019

Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche Magnetic Mount Assorted 7 x 7, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 in

Austin Little Treasure 4 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Little Treasure 4 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1 in

Austin Sky Totem VI, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Sky Totem VI, 2019

Mixed Media

4 x 48 in

Austin Sunrise Totem I, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Sunrise Totem I, 2019

Mixed Media

5 x 36 x 1.50 in

Austin Treasure 3 - Magnetic, 2019

Mike Elsass

Austin Treasure 3 - Magnetic, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 12 x 1 in

Crosby II

Mike Elsass

Crosby II

mixed media painting

90 x 50 in

Happiness - Magnetic Mount, 2019

Mike Elsass

Happiness - Magnetic Mount, 2019

Mixed Media

12 x 10 in

Little Gem IV

Mike Elsass

Little Gem IV

mixed media painting

7 x 5 x 1 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem Assorted   60 x 5, 2019

Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem Assorted 60 x 5, 2019

Mixed Media

60 x 5 in

New Beginnings - Magnetic Mount Assorted, 2019

Mike Elsass

New Beginnings - Magnetic Mount Assorted, 2019

Mixed Media

15.50 x 12 in

Renewal Series II

Mike Elsass

Renewal Series II

mixed media painting

36 x 12 x 2 in

Restful Series II

Mike Elsass

Restful Series II

mixed media painting

45 x 12 in

Spa Series Magnetic Wall Mount Assorted   33 x 8

Mike Elsass

Spa Series Magnetic Wall Mount Assorted 33 x 8

Mixed Media

33 x 8 in

Tate I

Mike Elsass

Tate I

mixed media painting

24 x 100 in

Turquoise Road II

Mike Elsass

Turquoise Road II

Mixed Media Painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

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Mike Elsass
It's not about the usual, it's about the unusual. A unique medium, a chemistry on metal, a vibrant and explosive combination of passion, energy, light, color and moments a process set to the music of imagination. Mike Elsass became a painter after a career and a dream to have time to dedicate to writing. Though mostly self-taught, Mike acknowledges Roger Sayre as his mentor. Sayre, a nationally renowned steel artist, showed Mike the possibilities of steel as a surface for acrylic and urged him to experiment with it. Elsass explores the medium by sanding and rusting sheets of metal in search of new and different textures, then applies multiple layers of paint, shiny or opaque finishes. In the aging of the metals and its imperfections, Mike sees a mirror of the human condition. The fast drying quality of the acrylics allows Mike to work with motivation and speed on several pieces at a time, expressing, as in a musical crescendo, his spontaneity and deep passion for life. Elsass is an en plein air artist who stops his wandering whenever the energy of a place attracts him, trying to absorb and then reinvent it. He is dedicated to landscapes that reflect the moment of the soul; his paintings have emotional and visual connections with places of choice and memories beyond the present. Mike visits and revisits the same sites time and time again; each place is seen with different eyes in a spiritual search we've been invited to share. A series is then born; paintings of similar sizes can be put together to create a chromatic experience of personal emotions. Elsass expresses his awe for natural elements through color, with a spontaneity and joyfulness that are the main traits of his work. In his paintings, a memory of the horizon persists as a last thought before space dissolves. A luminous universe opens in front of us, the changing effects reached by lighter and darker colors; by contrasting yellows and blues, reds and whites and other color combinations. Elsass achieves a tri-dimensional effect in the tradition of chiaroscuro. Sun, sea, salts, and sand are as much a part of his technique as the paint. The light appears to us as an invisible energy permeating the essence of things. The paintings are no longer representations of sites; they become light, while matter and form gradually fade away. As his strokes become more determined and poignant, and the hues more subtle and complex, the transparency of the light is an indication toward a deeper pictorial ability and a continuous progression to greater artistic maturity. Offered to arrange his multiple pieces ad libitum, we become a participant and not mere spectator, and through this more intimate connection we experience his enthusiasm of the artist and his joy of painting.
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