- What is a giclee?
- Giclee is an inkjet-based digital print used as fine art. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. My giclee prints are strictly limited in the number of reproductions and are printed on the finest archival paper or high quality canvas.
- What other types of prints do you sell?
- Seragraph (silk screen) is a recognized fine-art form of printing that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas. My serigraph prints are limited to a run of only 50 each, on high quality fine-art papers, hand signed and numbered.
- What if I am not happy with the piece of artwork once I get it?
- You have 14 days to return your purchase, for a full refund. You need to pay only the shipping charge. We guarantee all purchases and want you to try your new painting or print in your home or office setting to be sure it’s what you want to live with.
- Will my investment in a purchase of your artwork increase in value?
- Although my work has tripled in price over the last 10 years, there is no guarantee of future increases.
You should only purchase something you truly enjoy.
- Did you study oriental art? Many of your pieces look Asian in technique.
- I have been influenced by Chinese and Japanese art in general, and especially by the late artist Diana Kan. She and I were very friendly many years ago, in NYC.
She introduced me to her teacher, Chiang Dai-Chen, a contemporary of Picasso and a world-known master of traditional Chinese calligraphy and scroll painting.
- How do you do the figures in your “˜Attitudes’ Series?
- These figures must be done quickly and directly onto the paper, without any prior pencil or charcoal sketching. Each pose or attitude is carefully thought out, then directly applied to the surface with a wide brush and ink. The brushstrokes must convey the immediacy of the movement and if not successful, the piece is discarded and I start again.
- Who buys your artwork?
- My work is purchased by folks who are experienced collectors with extensive collections, and those who have never before owned an original piece of art, by corporations for their offices, by interior designers and architects.
- How do you decide on the price of an artwork?
- There are many factors that go into the pricing. Will it be sold through a gallery, and is the price sufficient to cover the gallery’s costs of overhead and other expenses; where the piece has been exhibited and the prestige of the juried show; the size of the artwork; is it on paper, canvas, linen; and the experience, training and prices being paid to the artist, are all considered to arrive at a fair price.
- How do you get your ideas?
- I use art to solve visual problems that interest me. How can I show a feeling or express an idea? Can I get these thoughts across with abstract images or in minimalist strokes of the brush? I often dream the ideas before I set out to do a painting. See the section on Creative Process for more on this.
- Did you study art and how long have you been a painter?
- I began painting, as most kids do, before I learned to write. The difference is, I never stopped. My formal art training followed high school and a stint in the Navy. See “About Murry” for more details about my art education, career as a NYC graphic designer and art director while pursuing my fine art.
- Do you have any other creative outlets?
- I raise Bonsai trees and my collection has been exhibited at garden shows, state fairs and botanical gardens. I enjoy writing poetry and making hand-made books. My memoir, Almost A Jew is available for purchase on-line at LuLu.com
- Are there other creative people in the family?
- Yes, just about all of the immediate family is creative in one way or another.
My wife, Enid, is a former copywriter, newsletter editor and writes most of the materials for our studio enterprise. She frequently designs the shows where my work is displayed. Our older son is a photojournalist who both teaches and does free-lance photography. He is author of the memoir, Twitch & Shout and Assoc. Producer of the award-winning film of the same name. Our daughter is a talented artist now teaching computer skills in her local school district. Our younger son is the TV actor Evan Handler (Sex & The City, Californication) and author of Time on Fire and It’s Only Temporary: The Good News & The Bad News of Being Alive. evanhandler.com
- Juried Shows-Awards
- Creative Process