Phil Hansen

Phil in the Circle LLC
Chanhassen, MN, United States

About Phil


As an art student, Phil Hansen's intense style of pointillism led to a tremor in his hand and a diagnosis of nerve damage. Devastated, he dropped out and lost his way ... until a neurologist suggested he "embrace the shake". That piece of advice tweaked Hansen's point of view and sent him on a quest to invent different approaches to making art by embracing personal and universal limitations.

Hansen challenged himself to create art using unconventional materials (dandelion puffs, matches) and canvases (his torso, bandages). The resulting time-lapse videos of his creative processes are his meta-art, showing that art is action, not just results. Through an integrated view of what sparks creativity, Hansen has devoted himself to teaching others the approaches to creativity that have changed both his outlook and his artistic endeavors.



TED Conference


Areas of Expertise

Creativity / Divergent Thinking, Art

Comments & conversations

Phil Hansen
Posted about 2 years ago
Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake
Jonathan, let me know what limitations you come up with! You got me thinking if there are any exercises I could develop to help people practice self imposed limitations.