I approach my work in a process-driven and experimental way, striving to blend turbulence and joy. Drawing inspiration from nature, history, and design elements, I explore themes, colors, and objects in my mixed-media creations.
For me, the act of creating art and being fully immersed in the process is often more important than the finished product. My ultimate goal is to be creative without worrying about the end result. As time goes on, my layered abstractions come to life and transform into something unique. I use a variety of media, textures, and gestures to explore different aspects of life, giving my compositions a sense of vitality and motion. By hand-molding and merging layers of material, my pieces slowly reveal their beauty.
The source of creativity remains a mystery, but I feel grateful to be a vessel for it.
Tracey M. Kessler was born in Huntington, New York and attended FIT in New York City where she earned her BFA. She also studied painting conservation and restoration at the Instituto de Conservacion y Restauracion de Bienes Culturales in Madrid, Spain.
She began her career in New York City in architecture and interior design and spent the last 25 years working on commercial, residential, and retail projects on both coasts. After launching her own firm in San Francisco, TKID tkid-sf.com Tracey decided to follow her passion as an artist and spent the last few years back in New York developing new bodies of work. In 2010, Tracey relocated back to the Bay Area.
Her work reflects the calm she finds in the daily interactions and conversations with acquaintances, friends, and family. Though inspired throughout the turbulent times of our modern era, her work (influenced by such artists as Tapies, Frankenthaler, Mitchell, Polke and Burri ) possesses a soothing, calm and organic feel clearly paralleled by her California lifestyle. Using a wide variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, inks, charcoal, gesso and natural pigments, the works begin to have their own voice.
Please see www.tkid-sf.com for ceramics, surface pattern design, interiors, lighting and textiles.
Tracey can now be found working in her indoor/outdoor studio on Varda Landing in Sausalito. www.sausalitohistoricalsociety.com/saus…
Born in: Huntington, New York
Lives in: Sausalito, CA
1995 Bachelors of Fine Arts (FIT, New York) Internship-Painting Conservation-Madrid, Spain
2023 Friendly Tides, Marin Civic Center - 2/6-5/18
2022 Green Change, Earth 2050, Fiber art installation 4/24/22
2022 Marinship Studios-Artists of Varda Landing 4/2/22
2021 "Earthly Antinomies" Solo show:Oct-Nov. PALLAS Gallery- SF, CA
2020 "Duality" Virtual on-line exhibit- 9/1/30 - 12/30/20 Tarjan Center at UCLA - CalArts
2020 "Telephone" An international art experiment -
2019 BayAreaMade - MarinMade event on Gate 5 Road - 6/15/19
2019 NIAD, There’s Reality, and Then There’s California, 6/1/2019- Richmond, CA
2017 Open Studios - Beyond The Wave Gate - Sausalito, CA
2017 Carbondale Arts – Correspondence (Mail Art) – Carbondale, CO
2017 Sarah Swell Gallery - Sausalito, CA
2016 Winter Open Studios – Beyond The Wave Gate – Sausalito, CA
2016 “Terrain- Navigating Landscape” 9/10-10/10 The Midway-San Francisco, CA
2016 Selected for 1st Artist Residency program at The Midway-San Francisco, CA
2016 Private Corporate Commission – San Francisco, CA
2015 Winter Open Studios – Beyond The Wave Gate—Sausalito, CA
2015 Spring Open Studios –Beyond The Wave Gate-Sausalito, CA
2014 Studio Visit Magazine – Volume#27- Carl Belz juror- Rose Art Museum
2014 Six works in the Flat Files at Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 DiPietro Todd Events- Solo Show- Pacific Heights-San Francisco, CA
2013 SF Writers’ Grotto- Two person show “Random Bloomers” San Francisco, CA
2013 Artspan Open Studios- Big Umbrella Studios Group show-San Francisco, CA
2013 O’Hanlon Center for Art – Symbols- Group show-Juror- Gregory Wiley Edwards
2013 Mill Valley Public Library- June Solo show “Dhyan” Mill Valley, CA
2013 O’Hanlon Center for Art. BOLD -Juror-Robert Green Mill Valley, CA
2013 ArtHaus Gallery, “Abstract Notions” Jan. 9th-March 30th San Francisco, CA
2012 New House Gallery- Solo show “In the Canyon” Oct. 26th-Nov.26th Ross, CA
2012 O’Hanlon Center “Bay Area Women Artist” Mill Valley, CA Juror Donna Seager
2012 National Juried Exhibition Marin MOCA Curator Lucinda Barnes-Berkeley Art Museum
2011 “Artisan Series w/Rush Philanthropic”, 5 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA
2011 “Girl Group” Art Haus Gallery Juried show Oct.-Dec.
2011 Art Span Fall Open Studios, San Francisco, CA
2011 “A Sense of Place”, Arc Gallery For NCWCA, San Francisco, CA
2011 Art Explosion, "Spring Open studios” Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
2011 POOL Art Fair @ The Gerswhin Hotel - March 4-6th, New York, NY
2010 “A Book About Death”, CW Post Campus, Stonybrook, NY
2010 “Swimming Up & Down Stream” Jak Home – Spring- San Francisco, CA
2010 “X-Initiatives”, Old DIA Museum Space - 24hr show, New York, NY
2010 The Brooklyn Art Library - Sketchbook project - Brooklyn, NY
2009 The Fine Art of Designers, Art Haus Gallery, San Francisco, CA Winter
2009 Gracie Square Art Show - Carl Schurz Park, New York, NY
2009 Gensler Art Auction- New York, NY - Summer
1995 Art Initiatives, ‘Maximum capacity’, New York, NY – Group Show
1995 Soho 20 Gallery, ’Real Life Show’, New York, NY – Group Show
2022 - Creative Capacity Fun - Grant recipient, San Francisco, CA
2020 - UCLA- Tarjan Center - Grant recipient
2020 Safety Net Fund - Grant recipient
2011 Creative Capacity Fund @ CCI, San Francisco, CA
2006 International Design Awards (IDA) Los Angeles, CA
Selected Private, Public and Corporate Collections
2018 Private Commission, San Francisco, California
2016 Parkside Headquarters, San Francisco, California
2012 Yamana Gold Headquarters, Toronto, Canada
2010 Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
CURRENT, Recent & Upcoming Exhibitions
EarthDay 2050- April 25th, 2022
Mill Valley Community Center
"Stop Drop and Roll" collaboration fiber installation with
Artist Al Grumet.
Solo show- Pallas Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Opening: Nov. 12th, 2021 6-8 p.m.
Curator: Elizabeth Snowden
Main Gallery // There’s Reality, and Then There’s California, Curated by Jessica Snow
Opening- June 1st, 2019- June 27th Richmond, CA
ROOT Division 16th Annual Auction 2017
October 26th, 2017 - 6 p.m. VIP 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Auction
1131 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
New House Gallery
39 Fernhill Avenue
September 19th - November 19th 2017
Umber Nights , is a solo exhibition of new works by Tracey Kessler, mixed-media on canvas that were completed over the Summer of 2017 in Sausalito, CA. Kessler’s practice is the result of layering materials relating to the current environment. These works represent the dryness of the state of California due to the drought. Envisioning the indigo nights enhanced with painterly strokes of umber, smokey charcoals and gray fog coming in from the Pacific ocean.
Six initiating artists (who started their work on October 1, 2016) are each corresponding with another fellow artist until May 1, 2017. These correspondences will be sent and received via the postal system in the tradition of Mail Art. For many of the artists this will be the only means of communication between the two artists, forcing them to explore the intimacy of conversation through the physical exchange of letters/art works.
June 2nd - June 30th
Sausalito Art Walk
Come stroll down Caledonia Street kicking off Art Walk 2017
Wednesday, May 10th, 5-8 p.m. Sarah Swell Jewelry
215 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA
Fall Open Studios
Saturday, November 19th 12- 5 p.m.
Beyond The Wave Gate
Terrain: Navigating Landscape
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 8th 6 to 9 p.m.
Opening: September 10th 2016 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
900 Marin Street
San Francisco, CA
Inaugural Artist Residency 2016
Works on paper currently www.pierogi2000.com/
177 North 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211