Micah Crandall-Bear is a long standing member of the Sacramento community who has garnered steadily increasing interest in Sacramento and the Bay Area. He has a respected reputation for working with local designers and business owners who have placed his stunning compositions in thriving commercial spaces. His bold, abstract compositions stir the imagination, express emotion and bring the canvas to life in a way that evokes the observer’s creative consciousness. He has a unique understanding of color and his works express his undiluted personal perspectives, yet invite the observer to derive their own meaning. He draws influence from the founders of Abstract Expressionism.
Micah is currently collaborating with the Infinity condominiums in San Francisco, who sponsored a private showing of Micah’s work in November. He has paintings in each lobby of the towers and is hoping to secure his exhibit in the Infinity’s Management Office and Club Lounge as permanent installations.
Micah’s work is also currently featured in “Design Above All,” an interior design showcase, directed by Donald Joseph, Inc., and held at the Rincon Condominiums in San Francisco.
His current works explore a controlled drip technique to portray underwater coral reef. These pieces are loud and multi-layered. Complex drops of blues and greens hover on a sea of simplicity.
In contrast, many of his new works focus on hard line composition that explore suggested city skylines. In these works, the viewer is being guided into a bold and colorful architecture of industrial movement.
Micah’s works are under review for inclusion in the University of California Davis Health System expansion into their new O.R. and Emergency Pavilion. Micah also does commissioned pieces and has clients throughout the U.S. and Alaska.
Micah’s childhood was ripe for artistic expression. His parents, Dale and Joanne Crandall-Bear were organizers in the local anti-war movement protests. Dale owned and operated the Sacramento Peace Center and New Society Bookstore. They recognized and nurtured Micah’s artistic abilities and helped steer his growth as an artist.
Micah’s independence and commitment to his art is unquestioned. He has continued to paint regardless of life circumstances, “There were times I was painting on 8-foot canvases in the 10×10 room I lived in.” One of Micah’s mentors and strongest advocates, the late Charles Miller, posthumous winner of the California Lawyers for the Arts Artistic License Award, took an active role in promoting Micah’s work, placing his pieces in the Sacramento Department of Justice Building and a wide variety of businesses.
Sacramento Magazine recently featured Micah in an article where they state, “Crandall-Bear was a teenager when he executed his first piece, acrylic on plywood. A Sacramento City College assignment led him to the Michael Himovitz Gallery and eventually, an internship with owner Chuck Miller. In fact, Miller negotiated Crandall-Bear’s first sale. Now Crandall-Bear’s paintings hang all over town: in law offices, banks, and other businesses as well as private homes.”
Micah has a vested interest in community activism. In the spring of 2008, he was awarded a grant to teach an after school art program encouraging underprivileged youth to exercise their own creativity through art. This highly successful program taught artistic fundamentals such as brush technique, light source, shadow placement, and how to approach various color combinations. But most importantly this program garnered the enthusiasm and respect of the students he worked with.
He is seeking to expand his client base in San Francisco, CA and New York and transition to larger solo exhibitions and continue collaborating with interior designers and architects.
Given his tenacity, artistic vision and dedication to creative expression, Micah Crandall-Bear undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.