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, filters, 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.

Selected Exhibitions

2019            Moving Pictures, L. Houston Contemporary, San Anselmo, CA

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

 

Screening Showcases

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

 

Grants

American Film Institute                          Pioneer Fund

California Arts Council                           San Francisco Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts           Rocky Mountain Film Center

Collections

Delta Airlines

National Art Gallery (NZ)

New York Public Library

Princeton University

 

Filmography

A Night In Tunisia                                   Happy Anniversary

Happy Birthday                                      It's Time To...

Testease                                                 Educated Feet

Jude                                                        Unknown

Here & There

 

Education

U.C. Davis (Graduate Fine 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, Sarah Lawrence College (Summer 1972 – studied with Gjon Mili)

 

Work Experience

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