Mike Elsass

Mike Elsass

Artwork

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.
Artist
Agave Path Series I
Mike Elsass

Agave Path Series I

mixed media painting

10 x 45 in

Amuse Bouche II
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche II

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Amuse Bouche V
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche V

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Connections II
Mike Elsass

Connections II

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Connections VI
Mike Elsass

Connections VI

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Crosby I
Mike Elsass

Crosby I

mixed media painting

90 x 50 in

Lipstick
Mike Elsass

Lipstick

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Little Gem II
Mike Elsass

Little Gem II

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #14
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #14

mixed media painting

27 x 11 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #53
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #53

mixed media painting

60 x 5.50 in

Melange IXX
Mike Elsass

Melange IXX

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Mindful Living III
Mike Elsass

Mindful Living III

mixed media painting

12 x 12 in

New Day
Mike Elsass

New Day

mixed media painting

12 x 24 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

Santa Catalina Joy III
Mike Elsass

Santa Catalina Joy III

48 x 12 in

Spa Series I Magnetic
Mike Elsass

Spa Series I Magnetic

Mixed Media

33 x 8 in

Spa Totem VII
Mike Elsass

Spa Totem VII

Mixed Media

60 x 5 x 2 in

Spirit Totem III -- 4"
Mike Elsass

Spirit Totem III -- 4"

Mixed Media

60 x 4 in

Sunset III
Mike Elsass

Sunset III

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

The Long Road
Mike Elsass

The Long Road

mixed media painting

62 x 10 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

Amuse Bouche III
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche III

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Amuse Bouche VII
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche VII

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Connections III
Mike Elsass

Connections III

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Connections VII
Mike Elsass

Connections VII

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Crosby II
Mike Elsass

Crosby II

mixed media painting

90 x 50 in

Little Gem
Mike Elsass

Little Gem

mixed media painting

5 x 7 in

Little Gem III
Mike Elsass

Little Gem III

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #15
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #15

mixed media painting

27 x 11 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #67
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #67

mixed media painting

27 x 11 in

Melange VII
Mike Elsass

Melange VII

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Mindful Living Series I
Mike Elsass

Mindful Living Series I

mixed media painting

12 x 12 in

New Day I
Mike Elsass

New Day I

mixed media painting

12 x 24 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

Sedona Nights II
Mike Elsass

Sedona Nights II

mixed media painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

Spa Series II Magnetic
Mike Elsass

Spa Series II Magnetic

Mixed Media

33 x 8 in

Spa Totem X
Mike Elsass

Spa Totem X

Mixed Media

60 x 5 x 2 in

Sunrise Series I
Mike Elsass

Sunrise Series I

mixed media painting

11 x 27 x 1 in

Tate I
Mike Elsass

Tate I

mixed media painting

24 x 100 in

The Long Road IV
Mike Elsass

The Long Road IV

mixed media painting

62 x 10 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

Amuse Bouche IV
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche IV

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Amuse Bouche VIII
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche VIII

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Connections IV
Mike Elsass

Connections IV

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Connections VIII
Mike Elsass

Connections VIII

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Crosby III
Mike Elsass

Crosby III

mixed media painting

90 x 68.50 in

Little Gem
Mike Elsass

Little Gem

mixed media painting

5 x 7 in

Little Gem IV
Mike Elsass

Little Gem IV

mixed media painting

7 x 5 x 1 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #27
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #27

mixed media painting

60 x 5.50 in

Melange II
Mike Elsass

Melange II

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Melange XII
Mike Elsass

Melange XII

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Mindful Living Series II
Mike Elsass

Mindful Living Series II

mixed media painting

12 x 12 in

New Day V
Mike Elsass

New Day V

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

Reveal Series IV
Mike Elsass

Reveal Series IV

mixed media painting

24 x 48 x 2 in

Sky Totem II
Mike Elsass

Sky Totem II

Mixed Media

48 x 4 in

Spa Totem IX
Mike Elsass

Spa Totem IX

Mixed Media

60 x 5 x 2 in

Spirit IV   5"x60"
Mike Elsass

Spirit IV 5"x60"

Mixed Media Painting

60 x 5 x 3 in

Sunrise Series II
Mike Elsass

Sunrise Series II

mixed media painting

27 x 11 x 1 in

Tate II
Mike Elsass

Tate II

mixed media painting

24 x 100 in

Turquoise Road II
Mike Elsass

Turquoise Road II

Mixed Media Painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

Washes
Mike Elsass

Washes

mixed media painting

48 x 12 in

Amuse Bouche I
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche I

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Amuse Bouche IV
Mike Elsass

Amuse Bouche IV

Mixed Media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Connections I
Mike Elsass

Connections I

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Connections V
Mike Elsass

Connections V

mixed media painting

60 x 5 x 1 in

Connections XX
Mike Elsass

Connections XX

mixed media painting

32 x 11 in

Desert Living
Mike Elsass

Desert Living

mixed media painting

6 x 24 in

Little Gem I
Mike Elsass

Little Gem I

mixed media painting

5 x 7 x 1 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #12
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #12

mixed media painting

60 x 5.50 in

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #42
Mike Elsass

Magnetically Wall Mounted Totem #42

mixed media painting

60 x 5.50 in

Melange IX
Mike Elsass

Melange IX

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Melange XX
Mike Elsass

Melange XX

mixed media

7 x 7 x 1.50 in

Miraval Full Moon II
Mike Elsass

Miraval Full Moon II

mixed media painting

20 x 20 in

New Day VI
Mike Elsass

New Day VI

mixed media painting

24 x 12 x 1 in

Restful Series
Mike Elsass

Restful Series

mixed media painting

45 x 12 in

Santa Catalina Joy II
Mike Elsass

Santa Catalina Joy II

mixed media painting

48 x 12 in

Sky Totem VI
Mike Elsass

Sky Totem VI

Mixed Media

48 x 4 in

Spa Totem Series I - 17 (1/17)
Mike Elsass

Spa Totem Series I - 17 (1/17)

mixed media painting

60 x 5 in

Spirit Totem II
Mike Elsass

Spirit Totem II

Mixed Media

60 x 5 in

Sunrise Series III
Mike Elsass

Sunrise Series III

mixed media painting

27 x 11 x 1 in

Tate III
Mike Elsass

Tate III

mixed media painting

24 x 140 in

Turquoise Road III
Mike Elsass

Turquoise Road III

Mixed Media Painting

20 x 20 x 2 in

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