Figural studies have been the basic underpinning of classical art for centuries. As a professionally trained artist, Murry Handler mastered this while studying art in N.Y.C. Over the years he shifted to abstract art as his subject of choice. But every so often he returns to the beauty of the human form, and reinterprets realism with a few modern touches. This series is executed using gesso – the underpaint of the Sistine Chapel and other 15th Century masterworks as a wash of thin white color on an acrylic background. After the gesso has dried he uses a prismacolor pencil to ‘find’ the figure he has in mind, adding details as the drips and pools on the surface suggest.