Mike Elsass to appear in new Hilton Hotel!

Read about the opening of the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus. They are filling their walls with original, local art and Mike's will be featured!

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Private and Corporate Commissions

Did you know you can commission Mike to paint pieces to match your home or business decor?

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Take a class with Mike!

We are excited to announce that this summer will be filled with "brush before the brain" philosophy! Come take a class with Mike Elsass and immerse yourself in the mindful painting experience.

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about mike…

It’s not about the usual…

it’s about the unusual

a unique medium…
…a chemistry on metal…
a vibrant and explosive combination of



and moments
…a process set to the music of imagination


I paint contemporary abstract on rusted sheets of steel, and my art is spiritual and meditative. By painting, sponging and sanding, the steel evolves until the final coating. Many pieces have over 40 coats of paint and glazing. The steel represents strength, life’s elements, aging, imperfection and beauty.

My spirit lies on the road. From my first series in Quebec, Canada to the Gulf Coast winter and the Louisiana swamps, I draw my energy from nature and life. The Arizona desert and the Kentucky countryside blend my art. My beautiful Ohio country barn loft and studios on Easy Avenue and my new Front Street location in Dayton give me time to reflect and paint in solitude. I hope to find my Rothko-inspired pieces gracing walls and mantles in your home, because for me, the greatest achievement is knowing that my creative labor has connected with someone in a very personal way.

Welcome to my world…

Mike Elsass

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“divisible” exhibiting artists announced!

  September’s inaugural exhibitions artists have just been announced! It will feature six national artists including Max Manning (Kansas City, MO), Mark Zimmerman (New York, NY), Jessica Simorte (Kansas City, MO), Suzanne Laura Kammin (Newark, NJ), Greg Fadell (Detroit, MI), and Mark Bradley- Shoup (Chattanooga, TN).   The exhibition will run from September 12- September […]

July 14th, 2014 - Uncategorized

“Divisible” : A Collaboration between Mike Elsass and Jeffrey Cortland Jones

    Exciting news this week! A new gallery space has been built at Front Street down the hall from the Front Street Studio Gallery (Building 100- 3rd Floor). The space was created as a collaboration between local Daytonian artists Mike Elsass and  Jeffrey Cortland Jones. Jones will curate the inaugural exhibition this coming September. […]

July 10th, 2014 - Dayton Community, In the News, In the Studio, Local Artists, Mike Elsass