Klausner's lifelong interest in photography began in junior high school, when cameras that used film were the sole medium for recording still images. Since then, he has developed his artistic skills in parallel with the advances in imaging technology.
After college Klausner spent two decades creating his own acclaimed hand-drawn animated short films. Along the way, Klausner attended the Graduate Art Program at U.C. Davis and was an adjunct instructor at the CA College of Arts & Crafts. This was followed by a fourteen year stint as a senior digital artist at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, where he did digital visual effects on blockbuster Hollywood movies. Post ILM, Klausner founded pixlfixl.com, an online company that digitally restored old family photos.
Most recently, Klausner has exclusively devoted his energies to creating his own artwork.
His current series of stills, "LOST & FOUND" uses discarded family photos as a starting point. These photos are unearthed at flea markets and brought back to his studio where Klausner; digitizes, restores, crops, adjusts tonal relationships, introduces color and considerably enlarges them onto pigment-printed matte canvases.
The desire is to breathe new life into these formerly cherished photos, and transform them in such ways so that they can once again whisper new secrets into the future.
2018 Gang of Four, Downtown Arts Center, San Rafael, CA
2017 The Other Art Fair - Saatchi Art, (juried solo show), Brooklyn, NY
2017 Into The Light, Gray Loft Gallery (juried group show – Judy Walgren), Oakland, CA
2016 Group Show, Downtown Arts Center, San Rafael, CA
2015 Lost & Found, Lanoue Gallery, (two person show), Boston, MA
2015 Untitled, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, (three person show), San Francisco, CA
2014 Photo Independent, Raleigh Studios (juried group show), Hollywood, CA
2014 Home, Gray Loft Gallery (juried group show – Ann Jastrab), Oakland, CA
1998 Art Show, Industrial Light & Magic (group show), San Francisco, CA
1980 UC Davis Graduate Art Show, Richmond Art Center (group show), Richmond, CA
American Film Festival Cracow Oberhausen
Ann Arbor Film Festival Exploratorium Pacific Film Archives
Annecy Lucca Poetry Film Festival
Bay Area Filmmaker's Exhibition Museum of Modern Art (NY) Pompidou Center
Cambridge (Great Britain) National Art Gallery (NZ) Sinking Creek
Cinemateque (SF) Netherlands Broadcasting T. Edison Black Maria
American Film Institute Pioneer Fund
California Arts Council San Francisco Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts Rocky Mountain Film Center
National Art Gallery (NZ)
New York Public Library
A Night In Tunisia Happy Anniversary
Happy Birthday It's Time To...
Testease Educated Feet
Here & There
U.C. Davis (Graduate Art Program – (studied with Harvey Himelfarb & Wayne Thiebaud) 1979-80
York University (Toronto, Ontario) B.A. 1976
Art Institute of Chicago (Summer 1975)
San Francisco Art Institute (Summer 1974)
Lacoste School of the Arts (Summer 1972 – studied with Gjon Mili)
2008 - 2013 pixlfixl.com, Owner
2010 - Academy Art University, Adjunct Faculty
2009 - PolygonFX, Roto & Paint Artist
1994 - 2008 ILM, Roto & Paint Artist
1996 - 2002 ILM-CP, Lead Roto & Paint Artist
1993 - 1994 Colossal Pictures, Line Producer
1976 - 1993 Animated Productions, Producer/Director
1985 - 1988 San Quentin State Prison, Instructor of Animation
1981 - 1988 California College of Arts & Crafts, Lecturer in Film
1981 - 1983 Berkeley Adult School, Photography Instructor