Mike Elsass is a nationally recognized artist with work in over 2,000 private collections. Mike has his studios in Dayton, OH and specializes in painting color field inspired work on weathered steel.

"I paint abstract art on reused/recycled sheets of steel. My art is spiritual, meditative, and is based on emotion, appreciation of opportunity, and the energy of people and places. I am mindful of the moment when paint, color, texture, and discovery meet. My work involves painting, sponging and sanding. Many pieces have over 40 coats of paint and glazing. The work evolves until the final coating. My steel art represents strength, life’s trials, aging, imperfection and beauty.” –



The gallery is delighted to present the artwork of
Mike Elsass. Mike’s artwork is about openness and spontaneity, a freedom to create in the moment without fear or apprehension. His artwork is acrylic on rusted steel creating a surface that encourages our own interpretations. The painter works on many different pieces at the same time which seems to satisfy the element of spontaneity and his impulse to create without hesitation, relying on each mark, each color to inform the next. The artwork derives its essence from different places like the swamps of Louisiana or the deserts of Arizona with the use of many different materials such as twine, silicate sand or crushed walnut. They are in a sense, an introduction to the diverse regions and the connections he’s made with the people, places, and their culture.