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Today we’d like to introduce you to Dan Handler.

Dan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My earliest memories involved art. I always had a project on my desk. I excelled in art and music in school and eventually got a BFA in Illustration from the Cal State University at Long Beach. After school, I veered into commercial art and graphic design, doing production art, retouching, illustration, and graphic design/art direction, both through Handler Studios or freelance with an advertising agency.

The design studio accounts for a good bit of my activity over the years. While I will probably always keep my tiny design studio open as a service to people, I am now actively promoting the gallery and all that it can provide to the art-hungry denizens of planet Earth.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I used to be a watercolor painter, sometimes acrylics. I was happy, I did nice little paintings. Then, I met a girl. She introduced me to a sculpting form I quite liked and I was ensorcelled. Old-style paper mache. I started using it to make boulders because I could get the size without the weight. And because I wanted a large boulder collection to arrange in the corner. It’s a little hard to categorize the oeuvre at the Handler Gallery. Lots of 3-D. Wood carvings, rocks, and boulders, furniture that looks like rocks, large faces, and tikis, under-lighted tables, painted mirrors, chairs, and crosses, luminaries with these weird sticky staircase platform thingies, stone cat sets and a whole series of felt marker and Prismacolor pencil on brown paper. Plus, Henna tattoo designs.

But that’s just part of the puzzle! The whole other “consumer art” branch is Muertoware, specializing in art skulls and items of funerary interest. Same materials for the most part. Picture skulls dragged into furniture and seating, fun items; all of it on the fun/whimsical side. Tiles, hidden-cavity skulls, wood skulls, tiny skeletons and accessory decorator casket, some imprint items. As far as intent and artists statements… everyone loves skulls? I can’t speak for artists otherwise, but I am compelled to make these things. If any of this resonates with someone else, I am thrilled. If they buy something, I am more thrilled.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Speak the truth.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am currently part of the First Friday in Bixby Knolls (North Long Beach) at the Expo Gallery. My studio is in Long Beach and I try to keep the two Instagram galleries populated with current work and shows. Until I construct my site, a message through Instagram or e-mail is the only path.

Commissions! I am open to making commissioned works, large or small. This extends to Painting, Drawing, Form Construction/Carving and Design.

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Image Credit:
Dan Handler/Handler Studios

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