Tag Archives: new york

Painting on A Colored Ground

How to Create Color Contrast

Here’s a brief introduction to color contrast. Feel free to ping me with any comments or questions.

Spanish Pallette – Intro to Painting

Greg Kessler demonstrates how to create a Spanish Pallette in these simple to follow steps. Details on private lessons can be found here. Click below to watch:

Upcoming Solo Show – Second Story Gallery

I will be showing my recent prints and panels at the Second Story Gallery in Atlantic Highlands, NJ from February 21st through March 21st. Here’s the link to my page. Opening reception on February 21st starting at 6PM.

Greg Kessler Works – 2014 Snapshot Video

Year in Review

Latest student testimonial!

“After not painting for nearly a decade, my classes with Greg have allowed me to tap into talents that I thought were lost, and encouraged my creative spirit.  Greg’s ability to incorporate his vast knowledge of art history in his teaching approach is remarkable and extremely beneficial to his students.  He has further piqued my interest in learning about different techniques and I feel my confidence increasing with each class.  The one-on-one atmosphere really personalizes the experience and I can’t imagine any other setting being as effective.”
Isabelle, New York

Allegory In The Making

Continuing with my series, showing how I create large paintings. Here’s Allegory:







Snapshots from Urban Mythos Show

Guests in front of Greg Kessler’s works.


Artist Jennifer Nuss (middle) in front of her work, with two aficionadas.


Another piece by Jennifer Nuss at the show.


Heimo Wallner’s work created at the gallery – literally!


From right to left – Artists Erika Keck, Greg Kessler and Lowell Boyers in Erika’s section of the show


Daniel Davidson’s piece


Brian Novatny and Lowell Boyers by Brian’s drawings

More to come…

Urban Mythos show at Westbeth

On October 22, the storied artists’ community in the West Village, Westbeth, will host a collaborative exhibition in The Westbeth Gallery with works from 13 emerging American artists, forming a collective dreamscape of images aptly entitled, “Urban Mythos.”

Greg Kessler, a contemporary artist based in New York, curates the group show at Westbeth, which has been home to influential artists ranging from Diane Arbus to Vin Diesel. The collaborative and creative space provides a fitting backdrop to showcase the works of the 13 established and up-and-coming artists. Each artist has a diverse approach to image making, yet share an interest in the tactile qualities of their designs, creating a contemplative and engaging experience for the viewer.

“By using mythological, cartoon, and abstract imagery, the artists create codes of meaning, reflecting contemporary urban issues,” said Kessler, whose work – involving complex surfaces of contrasting textures, collages and finished drawings, will also be shown at “Urban Mythos.”

The exhibition will showcase works in a variety of mediums, including painting and mixed media. Featured artists include Jennifer Nuss, a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Award, whose figurative imagery is inspired by the mythology of the goddess Artemis, and Brian Novatny, whose colorful, intimate works have been broadly reviewed in “Art in America” and “Art & Antiques.”

Daniel Davidson, who shows at Mulherin + Pollard in New York, will also have his signature works on display, which fluctuate between the surreal and the grotesque, the whimsical and the cartoon. An emerging artist on the local scene, Erika Keck, often compared to Francis Bacon, will have several pieces in the show, dealing in provocative themes of flesh of sexuality, amplified by the raw power of her paint application.

Works by Alex Kvares, Bekum Zeqiri, Heimo Wallner, Tricia Keightley, Jon Newman, Andre Lucien, Alexander DeMaria, and Bill Anthony will complete the exhibition.

“Urban Mythos” opens on October 22nd from 6 – 9 PM. Gallery Hours are Friday – Sunday, 12 – 6 PM. Westbeth Gallery is located at 57 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014

To attend, please RSVP: Felicia(at)mortonpr(dot)com

About Greg Kessler
Greg Kessler is an award-winning artist based in New York City. He received his MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has had solo shows in New York City, Washington D.C., Texas and Austria, as well as group shows at American and Columbia Universities. His latest works can be viewed at http://www.gregkessler.net.


Lead Painting for Upcoming Urban Mythos Show

Dreams Recurring will be one of the pieces I will include in the upcoming Westbeth Show on October 22nd. I juxtaposed different color schemes to create the allusion of a dream. The show is called Urban Mythos and it will feature 12 other artists, with their works on personal mythology.