For Joanne Handler, inspiration comes in many forms. Music has an extremely important role in the stylistic development of her art. The emotions evoked by the different songs she listens to encourage her color choice and mark making. Consequently, she titles her work after these songs as a way to pay homage to the music that inspired each piece.
Handler employs a myriad of unconventional and everyday household tools to translate what she hears onto canvas. The unusual marks made by objects as varied as brooms and flyswatters help express the sounds and rhythms that are playing while she paints. With acrylic, enamel, spray and flashe paints, she incorporates these marks into her work, sometimes hanging the canvas, other times lying it flat.
For Handler, vibrant color and lyrical gestures serve as a declaration of confidence and determination. Her layered compositions reflect the process of her painting- marrying music and visual art to create images that embody the exhilaration and unbridled energy with which she moves through life.
Joanne Handler lives and works in New York and Westhampton Beach. She has studied at The Art Students League (New York, NY) and continues to study with prolific artist and mentor James Little. Handler has had two solo exhibitions at The Kaufman Arcade (New York, NY). Recently, Handler’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as The White Room Gallery’s “Zen and the Art of Women” in Bridgehampton, SITE Brooklyn’s “Color: Primary to Tertiary”, Harlem School of the Arts “Shelter 2018”, the New York Borough President’s office “City Views”, First Street Gallery “On and Off the Wall” and Arthouse “The Grow Show”. Handler has also been included in numerous exhibitions organized by The National Association of Women’s Artists, of which she is a member.