The American artist Micah Schwaberow, born in Eugene (Oregon), is closely connected to Japanese traditions. He was trained by the great master Toshi Yoshida for more than one year at the Yoshida studios. Today Micah Schwaberow lives and works in Santa Rosa, California.
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Micah Schwaberow focused on graphics. At the studio of Toshi Yoshida he learned all about traditional Japanese woodblock printing methods. At Elizabeth Quandt-Barr's he addressed himself to other print techniques as well as at Maury Lapp's - both in California - to artistic painting. Additionally Micah Schwaberow created esthetic gourd vessels.
Much of his paper work, mainly the woodblock prints, appeared in some precious editions of typographic books. The book "Tuolumne, Book I" received highest award during some festivities at Yosemite National Park.
At first sight Micah Schwaberow's paper works look unspectacular. He regards his work as
"color haiku, large places compressed. Intimate glimpses through small windows."
This way unimposing things become more important.
Micah Schwaberow combines eastern and western elements in his prints. He focuses on the effect of his work and not only the printing itself.
"I am trying to make woodblock prints that don't look like woodblock prints - the wood and the knife invisible, the colors and edges as soft and resonant as a watercolor."
Micah Schwaberow puts the major focus of his works on landscapes and female figures. His woodblock prints are impressive without much color. Schwaberow uses a narrow range of colors.
We have only information until 2002.
"Small Windows" - Warner Roberts Gallery, Palo Alto, and in the Mendocino Art Center Showcase Gallery, Mendocino, both USA.
"Bless the Model!" - California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa; Micah Schwaberow: Woodblock Printmaker in the Antonio Prieto Memorial Gallery, Mills College, both USA.
"My Friend is a Vessel" - Work on paper and fabric, gourd vessels, in the Quicksilver Mine Company Gallery, Sebastopol, USA.
"Micah Schwaberow, Woodblock Prints and Gourd Vessels" - The Verne Collection, Cleveland, USA.
"Honor the Fire Within" - Woodblock prints and gourd vessels in the AZUMA gallery, Seattle, USA.
Studying with Toshi Yoshida: Micah Schwaberow & Mary June Erickson, in the Kimura Gallery, Palo Alto, USA.
New Works: Kazuko Mathews & Micah Schwaberow, in the Mendocino art Center Showcase Gallery, Mendocino, and Micah Schwaberow & Maurice Lapp in the The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, both USA.
A Gathering of Sprits: Sharon Spencer & Micah Schwaberow, in the The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, and The Northern California Landscape: San Francisco and Beyond: Maurice Lapp & Micah Schwaberow, in the Craftsman's Guild and the California Heritage Gallery, San Francisco, both USA.
Asking the Way: Micah Schwaberow & Sanae Nakajima, works on paper and fabric, gourd vessels in the The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, USA.
8th Independents Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan.
1982-1998 - Yoshida Hanga Academy Annual Exhibit in the Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Prints: An Invitational Exhibit in the City Council Chambers, Santa Rosa, USA.
"North of the Gate" - Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, USA.
Portraits: An Extended Concept in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, Parkside National Small Prints Exhibition at University of Wisconsin, Kenosha, and Thirty-second National Print Exhibition in the Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, all USA, and Mini-Print International de Cadaques; Barcelona, Spain.
Yosemite Renaissance IV in Yosemite, California Works in the California State Fair, Sacramento, Tradition & Innovation: Recent Acquisitions of the Achenbath Foundation in the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA, and California Small Works 1989 in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, all USA.
The Figure: Traditional & Beyond in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, California Small Works 1990 in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, both USA.
Works on paper in the Kimura Gallery, Palo Alto, and Works from the Permanent Collection in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, both USA.
Printed from Wood in the Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, Over the Edge: Invitational Landscape Exhibition in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, West Coast Edition Printmakers'E Invitational in the Claudia Chaplain Gallery, Stinson Beach, and California Small Works 1993 in the California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, all USA.
Printed Matters in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, and The Shape of Space im Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, both USA.
Yosemite Renaissance X; Yosemite, USA.
East Meets West, woodblock prints, works on paper and fabric, gourd vessels in the Craftsman's Guild and California Heritage Gallery, San Francisco, and Yosemite Renaissance XIII; Yosemite, both USA.
East Meets West: Tradition and Innovation in Modern Japanese Prints in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA.
Artistic Inheritance: Students of Toshi Yoshida in the The Gage Family Art Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, USA.
Author: Dieter Wanczura