At an early age, a favorite activity of his was drawing with chalks on the city streets of Brooklyn. On Saturdays From the age of 16, Handell was at the Art Students League of NY. Studying drawing and painting.
From 1961 to 1965, Mr. Handell lived and traveled in Europe. Upon his return to the States and for his One Man exhibit at the famed ACA Gallery NYC, he included his first pastels with his oils.
Handell has always painted in his studio and en plein air throughout his lengthy career. To stay fresh at his tender age of 85 (will be 86 in February 2023), for the past 25 years or so he has separated his 2 main painting mediums. He paints smaller works with pastel en plein air, and larger oils practically exclusively in the studio.
After living in Woodstock NY 1970-1983 his passion for the woods, the trees, moving water, the mountain streams etc, these various subjects dominated and became foremost in his work.
In Late 1983 he moved to Santa Fe, NM where he now still lives, the light and the colors of Northern NM took his breath away, and fast became an added favorite subject of his.
For the past 25 years he has held annual one man exhibitions at the Ventana Fine Art gallery in Santa Fe. He has had numerous Museum Exhibits, the last one was at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown OH., 2007, He is part of their permanent collection, along with other museums, and numerous corporative and private collections.
He has written 5 table top instructional books on his Oil and Pastel painting and teaching. He has had numerous articles in every magazine which deals with realism. He exhibits in Invitationals and National exhibits regularly. He has received his share of prizes and awards and is regularly asked to jury and judge National Exhibits. He is a master artist to name a few, in the Oil Painters Of America ( O P A ) and The American Impressionists Society. (A I S)
A well-known and sought-after workshop instructor, his teaching has become a second passion for him.
***Pastel Society of America Hall of Fame Honoree: 1987 Albert Handell PSA-MP (honors his special achievements in pastel painting)