Steven Mikel, (pronounced “Michael”), is an American painter born in South Bend, Indiana in 1959. Formally trained in Photography and Technical Illustration, Steven began his fine art career as a realism painter focused on revealing the overlooked or unnoticed beauty tucked away in the details of the world around us. Mr. Mikel worked with traditional watercolors until 2008 when he began experimenting with brewed coffee. Having always loved the warmth of sepia tones, he extensively researched and successfully developed a process ensuring that his coffee paintings have the stability and preservation factors equal that of oil paintings.
As his ouevre grew he realized that the aspects of his own paintings that he was most passionate about were the more abstract areas of textures, washes and tonal layers. Embracing this artistic journey, his mature abstract style has naturally evolved from those favorite areas within his realism paintings and are still inspired by the often missed details he sees. The rich sepia tones of his work glow with an ‘earthy warmth’ and evoke a dynamic flux of shadow and light, interlinked with woven patterns and textures.
Starting with a basic compositional intent, Mikel applies an underpainting of dark washes to the canvas and then systematically removes and applies layers of coffee using various absorbent materials and brushes to create the intricate sepia abstractions.
Mikel’s abstract works are released into one of three series:
- ‘Near’ Inspired by the intricate details of the world right in front of us.
- ‘Far’ Impressions triggered by the world viewed from the distance.
- ‘Beyond’ Expressions of those things not able to be seen with the naked eye.
Steven currently resides in Coconut Creek, Florida and his paintings are in many fine art galleries within Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. His works have also been featured on television and domestic and international magazines.