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Interview with Living Master Albert Handell

07 Jun 2024 1:57 PM | Admin PAPNM (Administrator)



Pastel World Article by Tai Meng Lim:

Could you kindly provide us with a concise overview of your background as a pastel artist and mentor?

I studied drawing at the Art Students League of New York on Saturdays when I was 16 and when I was 20 (1957) I started working there daily with Oils.
In 1966, out of curiosity, I decided to experiment with pastels and found them wonderful. I was like a fish going into water. My exhibition at the ACA gallery in New York City that September (1966) had a large room for my oils and a smaller room for my pastels. Pastel at that time was considered a secondary medium and yet I preferred the pastel.

The editor of Watson Guptill Art Book Publications came to the show and was very impressed and asked me to be part of the re-editing of their book (Pastel Painting Step by Step by Elinore Lathrop Sears). The book came out in 1968 and I became very well known for my pastels and was asked to judge the first exhibition of the Pastel Society of America in 1972. I continued working with pastel in the studio with portraits and nudes. 


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Albert Handell, PAPNM Master Signature Member

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