Murry Handler


A native of Bangor, Me., Murry Handler settled in New York City to achieve a career as an award-winning illustrator and designer while continuing to pursue his fine art. His creative activities encompass painting, illustration, creative writing and the art of Bonsai. He studied at The Franklin Institute of Art, figure drawing with Joseph Kelly at Pratt Institute and painting under the late Joe Hirsh.

Mr. Handler’s work has been exhibited nationally in one man shows and group shows. He has won numerous awards in national competitions, most recently at shows in Chelsea, NY(summer ’04); Durham, NC (winter ‘05); and Baton Rouge, La. (winter ’05). His work is in hundreds of private collections around the country and in corporate collections in N.C.

His color work is primarily acrylic on canvas, but also uses mixed media, watercolors and oils. His first installation piece “Transition in Dimension” was shown in August ’05 at the Rock Hill Center for the Arts, Rock Hill, S.C.

Mr. Handler’s painting has evolved from tight realism to flowing, turbulent expressionistic pieces. His ink paintings, available in limited edition prints, are executed with a bold black line on paper and canvas. They are highly suggestive of figurative art and influenced by Japanese calligraphy.

Mr. Handler has significant teaching credits as well. He has taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design, both in NYC.