Adam Handler

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Bad things with you, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Wax, Inkjet Print On Plywood 40x50 In © Adam D. Handler
Touch, 2010 Acrylic, Wax, Oil On Paper 30x40in © Adam D. Handler
In Drag, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Wax, Inkjet Print 20x30 In © Adam D. Handler
Happy Birthday Buttercup, 2010 Acrylic, Wax, Oil On Paper 10x10 In © Adam D. Handler
Your fancy, 2010 Acrylic, Wax, Oil, Paper Collage On Acetate 22x27in © Adam D. Handler
Wriggle for me lover, 2010 Oil, Acrylic, Wax, Inkjet Print 20x30 In © Adam D. Handler
I'm your man, 2010 Acrylic On Ink Jet Print Mounted On Board 20x30in © Adam D. Handler
21 Dead Balloons, 2009 Oil, Wax, Paper Collage On Canvas 46 X 56in © Adam D. Handler
In the Generals Eyes, 2009 Oil,Wax, Paper Collage On Canvas 30 X 46in © Adam D. Handler
Born in the 80's, 2009 Mixed Media On Linen 56 X 58 In © Adam D. Handler
Cherry POP, 2009 Oil On Canvas 32 X 36 © Adam D. Handler
Femme Fatale, 2009 Oil On Canvas 40 X 46in © Adam D. Handler
Banana Split Me, 2009 Oil On Canvas 34 X 44in © Adam D. Handler
She's got some Pear, 2009 Oil On Canvas 34 X 44in © Adam D. Handler
HYPE, 2009 Oil Wax Collage On Canvas 28x32in © Adam D. Handler
In your grace: Little Parisian Girl, 2009 Oil On Canvas 45 X 54in © Adam D. Handler
Boys and Girls: The Frolic, 2010 Oil, Japan Colors, Pencil, Wax On Canvas 58 X 72in © Adam D. Handler
A girls with a plum is more fun, 2010 Japan Colors And Wax On Canvas 40x60in © Adam D. Handler
Acrylic And Inkjet Print On Cancas 26x34in © Adam D. Handler
Stay Posed, 2010 Acrylic And Paper Collage On Canvas 30x30in © Adam D. Handler
Love Junkies
My Bride, 2013 Oil And Acrylic On Canvas 84 X 62 In © Courtesy of the artist & The Fred Torres Gallery
Happy Birthday, 2015 Oil Stick On Ragboard 20 X 16 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Fred Torres Gallery
American Children, 2014 Acrylic And Oil Stick On Canvas 84 X 62 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Fred Torres Gallery
Quick Facts
New York
Birth year
Lives in
New Rochelle
Works in
Long Island City
SUNY Purchase, 2004, Art History
mixed-media, pop, modern, photography, digital, graffiti/street-art, figurative, sculpture

Artist Statement

Mid-twentieth century America, Vietnam, the British Invasion, Andy Warhol's simplistic commercial Campbell's soup cans have long enticed me.  To me, this era always depicted character and artistic freedom, a liberation from "the man."  Though  I was born in the 1980's, I have often speculated how the feelings and emotions that conflicted the youth then continue to remain relevant today. That era in particular spurred my interests to create paintings that captured the rebellious energy of the time, while transforming the imagery into contemporary works that relate to my generation. Contemporary politics and economics, social interactions,  views on love, life, and death are all compressed into my mixed media works.  My intention is to use timeless and iconic imagery and reintroduce it to my generation in a contemporary fashion.  In many of the pieces, you will notice small sayings or sexual innuendos, mostly taken from advertisements from the 1950's. This direct and liberating form of expression was inspired by the Dada poets and artists that would meet at Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich Switzerland. For me, using written words alongside commercial imagery, and contrasting it with rapid brushstrokes and intense color, create a modern scene that allows for the viewer to create their own personal interpretive narrative.

So many people ask me what kind of painter are you. What is your style? Typically, this will inspire me to give a 15minute spiel on what I create. In America and throughout the rest of world, people love to categorize artists and seemingly everything else. Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism; together as one?  In order to combine these two monumental modern art movements, I personally felt that their must be two defining factors; the representation or usage of commercial products and imagery, combined with thick, expressive and violent brushstrokes of color. The canvas's must bare the raw freedom and uninhibited mind set of Abstract Expressionism yet contain the commercial imagery that shaped  the Pop art movement. As I have a great deal of respect for many of the past artists, you will often find traces of past movements incorporated into my works. Some paintings utilize violently splattered  and dripping paint, which , in many ways, is inspired by the rhythmic abstractions of Jackson Pollock. In most of my works, you will notice bold black brushstrokes which are influenced by Franz Kline's giant abstractions and Robert Motherwell's prolific series, Elegies to the Spanish Republic. For me, the most influential inspiration is undoubtedly the late Robert Rauschenberg.  His use of bold color, expressive brushstrokes, experimentation with collage, silk screening, and inventiveness with mixed medias make him an artistic hero to me.
With my work I strive for originality, but will never forget the influences that played part in creating these paintings. I hope to entice various generations with the subject matter, while exposing it in a way that has never been done before.

Upcoming Solo and Group                                                

Vered Gallery: Art on the Edge, East Hampton NY(Group)-July 9th-August 3rd 2011

M55 in collaboration with Long Island City Artist Inc:" In the Place we Live": July 21st-August 28th

Greenwich Tree Conservancy, Greenwich Arts Council, Garden Education Center: Inspiration from Montgomery Pinetum: Opening Sept 29th 2011

The Greenwich Arts Council and The Bendheim Gallery Present:
Look who’s here: An Exhibition of Art on Mirrors-Nov 17th-Jan 5th 2011
Solo Exhibitions


Media Loft Gallery: Excitable Boy: Paintings and Photographs: New Rochelle NY


The Bendheim Gallery in association with the Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich CT, Solo Exhibition

Adrian J Falcon Gallery, Del Rio Texas, Solo Exhibition

Paper Kite Press Gallery, Kingston PA, Solo exhibition


POST Exhibit space, Calgary Canada , Solo Exhibition

Group Exhibitions


Jaafar Tazi Salon: 149 Greenwich Ave: Greenwich CT

Baccarat; 238 Greenwich Ave: Greenwich CT


Vered Gallery: Art on the Edge, East Hamptons NY

6x6 Gallery, New York NY, Group exhibition

PooL Art Fair, The Gershwin Hotel, exhibiting with Veaux gallery

Media Loft Gallery, New Rochelle NY Group exhibition

The Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich CT, Americana, Group exhibition

Walter Wickiser Gallery: Confluences of Culture VI: Chelsea NYC- Dec 2010-Group Show


Walter Wickiser Gallery, Group Exhibition: Confluences of Culture III: Chelsea NYC

The Bendheim Gallery, in association with the Greenwich arts council, Greenwich CT, Under 500 group show

6x6 Gallery, New York NY

Climate Gallery, Long Island City NY, Never Think SMALL

Lana Santorelli Gallery, New York NY, Gastronomy

The Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY, Play it again, Sam

Climate Gallery, Long Island City NY, Focal Length


A Walk in the Park- East Islip LI, The Admiralty

RoGallery, LIC, NY

Art to the Avenue, Solo Exhibition, Greenwich CT

Group Exhibition at The Grand, NYC, Walter Wickiser Gallery


2005: Life Drawing in Italy alongside Professor Len Stokes

2005: Arts Students League Long Island

2008- Studies in Printing Color Photography, with Deborah Mesa- Pelly: Purchase College

BA in Art History: State University at Purchase, NY, 2008


Greenwich Times: Americana the Unexpected side November 2010

The Stamford Advocate: The meaning of Americana November 2010


The meaning of collage: The 5th/6th grade students of Greenwich middle school-April 2010

Greenwich Arts Council: Juror for spotlight artist of Art to the Avenue to be featured in Serendipity Magazine February 2011

Notable Collections

The Erwin Pearl Collection: 900 5th Ave, New York, NYC

Levis Fine Art, Ossining NY

The Deutsche Bank, Director Elizabeth Stone, NYC

Dorianne Hutton Fine Art, Greenwich CT

Amanda Newson, London UK

Mick Bundul, Minneapolis, MN


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