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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Ken Handel

Ken Handel

Artist Work

Introverts vs. Extroverts
2015
Artists' Markers
18 x 24
Time/Space Anomoly
2015
Artists' Markers, Gesso
14 x17
Geometric Universe
2014
Artists' Markers on Paper
14 x 17
Homage to Delaunay
2012
Artists' Markers on Paper
14 x 17
Happy Greenday
2012
Artists' markers on Paper
14 x 17
Cherishing Non-Conformity
2013
Artists' markers on paper
14 x 17

Artist Information

County
Wicomico County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

More than five years ago, I relocated from New York City to the Lower Eastern Shore for a job. The position ended quite unexpectedly and I decided to stay in Salisbury.  Over the next year I discovered a previously unknown ability to create in the visual arts. In NYC, I would frequently go exhibitions and in my work I often would use designers, photographers, illustrators, and artists. Suddenly, without having any of those resources around, I found that I enjoyed--and was able to do--some of that work myself. I also invented Rube Goldberg solutions to problems I encountered, such as creating portraits. Maybe I gave myself the freedom to explore. In any case, I had a Cinderella experience at the end of my burst of art. I entered my debut group exhibition and was awarded the First Place ribbon and $100. Since then, it has been art 24/7. My style developed because I required a solution for a particular piece I was working on: how to create sand on a beach. My solution was to use tiny dots of the appropriate colors; I tend to work in artists' markers so there's a wide range of colors from which to choose. I found this technique to be very satisfying and that's how I came to pointillism, the technique first used by the French Impressionists, and particularly, Georges Seurat. My art employs pointillism to produce contemporary and unique abstracts. After three years of building a portfolio, I felt I was ready to make my art available for sale online as prints, so I opened the WordsandAbstracts shop on Etsy.com.