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
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
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.