Adam Handler was born in Queens NY and grew up on Long Island. As a young child and adolescent, he spent countless hours at his grandparents framing factory in New York City. There, his passion for the arts grew and it became inevitable that he too would discover the many possibilities of art. As a college student, Handler studied Life Drawing in Italy and went on to graduate from Purchase College with a major in Art History. He has also studied craft design with Jorge Nieves and printing color photography with Debra Mesa-Pelly. Handler has exhibited his work in New York City, Greenwich CT, Canada, and Texas. Handler has no plans of slowing down and continues to create new series of works, which include painting, sculpture and drawing.
It was most probably after viewing the works of Basquiat, Donald Baechler and Bill Traylor that I discovered such a love of simple subject matter. While many of their subjects were not unique, they had been reinvented time and time again. It was then that I attempted to brand my own style which expressed my individual character. Playing with scale, whether very large or very small, I pay an ode to line, color and form. They are humble offerings to the now overlooked beauty of time old subjects; a flower in a garden or a reclining figure and cat. Repetition in subject matter has allowed me personal exploration of my own iconography while also allowing the viewer to form its own dialogue with the piece.
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