With over 70 major awards, listings in 7 books on prominent artists, and paintings sold through major auction houses, George W. Handrahan is considered to be one of the most collectable artists in Utah. Mr. Handrahan has been painting the beauty of Utah, California and New England landscapes for more than forty years.
George, a native of Utah, was raised in the rural community of South Weber. It was in this environment that he came to love and appreciate the diverse natural landscape surrounding him, taking every opportunity to spend time out of doors..
As a student, Mr. Handrahan learned to appreciate many forms of art but gravitated towards the work of LeConte Stewart, Maynard Dixon, the California and the American Regionalist artists, admiring their ability to subtly portray the essence of light, color, form, and mood.
Taking his degree in art from Weber State in 1976 under Farrell R. Collett and Richard Van Wagoner, these influences led him to devote his skills full time to landscape painting. The art of Mr. Handrahan is characterized by both his lifetime affinity with nature and his knowledge of art principles, design and composition.
Today, his primary objectives are to capture those instants in nature where form, color and light are constantly changing, while simultaneously instilling into each canvas a personal and emotional response. His paintings invite the viewer to see, in a unique way, color they might otherwise have missed, to sense a mood frequently ignored, and to share in the beauty of a transient time and place.
Numerous works of Mr. Handrahan hang permanently in museums, corporate and private collections in Utah, California, New England, and the Southwest including…
Zion’s Bank Salt Lake City, Utah.
Springville Art Museum Springville, Utah.
The University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Museum of Church History & Art Salt Lake City, Utah.
Salt Lake County Art Collection Salt Lake City, Utah.
State of Utah Art Collection Salt Lake City, Utah.