| Sarah Brayer|
| Sarah Brayer|
| May 25, 1957 (age 58) (1957-05-25) Rochester, New York|
1975-1979 B.A. cum laude in Studio Art, Connecticut College, New London1978 Printmaking study, Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England1982-84 Woodblock printing, Toshi Yoshida, Miasa, Japan
Washi Paperworks, Aquatint Etching, Woodblock Printing
Sarah Brayer Wikipedia
Sarah Brayer (born 1957) is an American artist who works in both Japan and the United States. She is internationally known for her poured washi paperworks, aquatint and woodblock prints. In 2013 Japan's Ministry of Culture awarded Sarah its Bunkacho Chokan Hyosho ("Commissioner of Culture Award") for dissemination of Japanese culture abroad through her creations in Echizen washi. She currently resides in Kyoto, Japan and New York, U.S.A.
Sarah Brayer's art is in the collections of the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's Sackler Gallery, and the American Embassy in Tokyo. Brayer was featured at the TED Conference "The Young, the Wise, the Undiscovered" in Tokyo in June 2012.
Arriving in Kyoto Kyoto in 1980, Brayer studied etching with Yoshiko Fukuda and Japanese woodblock printing with Tōshi Yoshida (1911-1996) the son of influential woodblock artist Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). Her interest in color gradation was piqued by the woodblock technique, and she subsequently applied similar gradations to her color aquatints. In 1986 Brayer began making large-scale paperworks in the historic paper village of Imadate, Echizen, Japan.
Influences and early works
In the 70's Brayer became interested in Japanese aesthetics through the color aquatints of Mary Cassatt, and Raku-style ceramics. Arriving in Japan in 1979, she studied etching with Yoshiko Fukuda (1937-1986) and Japanese woodblock printing with Toshi Yoshida (1911-1996). In 2007, she was honored as the first western woman artist to have her work on the cover of the CWAJ Print Show catalog, the premier contemporary Japanese print show in Tokyo.
In 1985, Brayer exhibited at the Ronin Gallery in New York, and was reviewed in the NY Times, which noted Day Glow, a large, soft-ground aquatint of Charles Street in New York City that made striking use of Oriental techniques to catch dawn in lower Manhattan. In 1986 she opened her own print studio in an old kimono weaving factory in Kyoto. That same year she discovered the art of poured washi, and her interest in this technique led her to the historic washi paper center of Echizen in Fukui prefecture. She has been working in the village of Echizen ever since; the only non-Japanese artist who has worked in this 800-year-old village, home to living national treasure paper-makers. She is also the only westerner to work there continuously. In 1999, she received a grant from the College Women's Association of Japan (CWAJ), which enabled her to develop a pioneering print technique of using washi Japanese paper as a printing medium. Brayer's early works were realistic cityscapes and landscapes, figures or pathways through the snow. With continued experimentation, her imagery has become more (though not entirely) abstract|: the flow of a waterfall, the curve of a wave, or the passage of light through clouds.In 2013 Japan’s Ministry of Culture awarded Sarah its Bunkacho Chokan Hyosho (“Commissioner’s Award”) for dissemination of Japanese culture abroad through her paper creations in Echizen washi.Sarah has been recognized in Japan as the first artist ever invited to exhibit at Byodoin Temple, a World Heritage site dating from the Heian period, as part of Kyoto’s 1200-year celebration in 1992.The Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art: Oceanic Moon (2012 luminescent paperwork mural)The British Museum: Sojourn (1995 paperwork scroll), Dayglow (1984 aquatint), River Mist Kyoto (1982 woodblock), Yukata (1987 aquatint)The Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian: First Snow (‘91 aquatint), Expanse (‘95 aquatint)The Oregon Art Institute: Japanese Bath (‘86 aquatint)Zimmerli Art Museum: City Pearls (‘86 aquatint), City Light (‘85 woodblock print), Yellow Taxi (’93 paperwork/lithograph), Surge (‘95 editioned paperwork)Cincinnati Museum: Mankai (‘99 collagraph)Rochester Memorial Art Gallery: Mikazuki (’07 aquatint/paperwork), Yellow Taxi (’93 paperwork/lithograph), Spring Rice (‘82 aquatint),Cedar Rapids Museum of Art: Hint of Red (‘09 aquatint/paperwork)Smith College Museum of Art: Moontrance (‘00 lithograph)Shimonoseki Art Museum: Shimonoseki Pearls (’05 paperwork)Worchester Art Museum: Taki (’05 aquatint), Kyoto Snowfall (’81 aquatint)U.S. State Department: Dayglow (‘84 aquatint)U.S. Embassy, Tokyo: Kyoto Snowfall (‘81 aquatint)Newark Public Library: City Jewels (’86 aquatint), Moontrance (‘00 lithograph)American College Board Collection: Dayglow (‘84 aquatint)Johns Hopkins Hospitals: Ruby’s Paradise (‘93 paperwork)University Hospitals, Cleveland: Going Places (commissioned mural), Schoolgirls (‘86 aquatint), Schoolboys (‘86 aquatint), Blue Kyoto (‘87 aquatint)Citibank, Tokyo: Bather (‘88 lithograph)TRW, Los Angeles: Together (‘85 aquatint)RJ Reynolds: City Pearls (‘86 aquatint)Ozumo, San Francisco: Ryoanji Pools (‘04 paperwork), Source (‘04 paperwork)Ozumo, Oakland: Blue Surge (‘04 paperwork), Blue Moon (‘08 paperwork), Katsura Squares (‘08 paperwork)2014 The Castellani Museum of Art, Niagara University2013 The Verne Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio2010 Luminosity: Night Paperworks, Kyoto2010 The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California2010 Art in June, Rochester, New York2010 30 Years of Art in Kyoto2007 The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California2007 Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan2007 Round the Horn, Nantucket2006 Whisper to the Moon, Kyoto2005 The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay2005 Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki2004 Azuma Gallery, Seattle2004 Tokyo American Club2004 Esmay Fine Art, Rochester2004 Ronin Gallery, New York2002 Kato Gallery, Tokyo2002 The Tolman Collection, Tokyo2001 Hanga Ten, London, England2001 Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastridge, England2000 Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama2000 Tokyo American Club2000 The Tolman Collection, Tokyo1999 The Ren Brown Collection1999 Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan1998 Gallery Rewdex, Kyoto1997 The Tolman Collection, Tokyo1997 Ars Locus Gallery, Kyoto1996 Ronin Gallery, New York1996 Tokyo American Club,Tokyo1996 Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan1995 Dieu Donne Gallery, New York1995 WICE Artspace, Paris1995 Daimaru Gallery, Osaka, Japan1995 Kanda Gallery, Okinawa, Japan1994 Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, Japan1994 Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York1994 A Sense of Place, The Verne Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio1993 Takashimaya Gallery, Tamagawa, Tokyo, Japan1993 Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan1993 The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California1993 Galeries Ann Monnet, Kyoto, Japan1992 Sarah Brayer at Byodoin Temple Invitational honoring Kyoto’s 1200th year1992 Azuma Gallery, Seattle, Washington1992 Gallery Cocteau, Kyoto, Japan1992 Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York1992 Kanda Gallery, Okinawa, Japan1991 Recollections: Tokyo American Club1991 Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama1991 Daimaru Gallery, Osaka, Japan1991 Takashimaya Gallery, Tamagawa, Tokyo1990 Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, Invitational1990 Ronin Gallery, New York1990 Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York1989 Kato Gallery, Tokyo1989 Gallery Blanche, Osaka1989 Kintetsu Gallery, Kyoto1989 Tokyo American Club, Tokyo1989 Gallery San, Kyoto1988 The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan1988 April Sgro-Riddle Gallery, Los Angeles, California1988 Daimaru Gallery, Kobe, Japan1988 Shukugawa Gallery, Shukugawa, Japan1987 Sumi Arts, Hong Kong1987 The Japanese Bath and other Landscapes Carter Arcand Gallery, Portland1987 Kato Gallery, Kobe, Japan2014 Celestial Threads: The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco2011 The William J. Dane Fine Print Collection, Newark Public Library2009 IMPACT the Big Print, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Cal. Curated by Donna Westerman2009 WOOD. METAL. STONE: Contemporary Japanese prints The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Connecticut2007 Catalogue Cover artist and Poster artist, for the 52nd CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo, Japan2005 The Color of Night: How Artists Work with Darkness, Zimmerli Art Museum,Rutgers University2003 Japan Through Western Eyes, The Morikami Museum, Del Ray Beach, Florida2003 Snow in Winter: Ukiyo-e and Contemporary Prints from Japan, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London2003 1853-2003: A Sesquicentennial Salute to Commerce and Cultural Exchange between Japan and the USA, the Newark Public Library, Newark NJ2002 Rags to Riches: 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donne Papermill: Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Travelling to Mariana Kistler-Beach Museum of Art and the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY2001 Rags to Riches: 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donne Papermill, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan; Maryland Institute College of Art1999 Miyabi: a Celebration of Beauty by Five American Artists of Kyoto, Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo. Produced by the Tolman Collection1997 Across Cultures: Five Contemporary Artists from Japan, Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin, Ohio1995 Out of the Drawing Room, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper by Women Artists, The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester1995 Works on Paper The Verne Collection, New York1994 The Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio1992 Almost a Century after Helen Hyde and Bertha Lum, the Mitzie Verne Collection, Cleveland1992 Accent on Paper: 15 Years at the Dieu Donne Papermill Lintas Worldwide, New York1990 Intaglio Printing in the 1980s The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ1988 Relief Printing in the 1980s The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. Curated by Trudy Hansen1987 Mary Ryan Gallery, New York1987 Eight Artists from Kyoto Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama1987 Prints from the Yoshida Studio, Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo1986 "Curator’s Choice" Portland Art Institute, Oregon1986 Saga Print Annual New York1986 The Bank of Tokyo, Hong Kong1986 April Sgro-Riddle Gallery, Los Angeles1985 50/50 Monoprints-Prints Montgomery College1984 The Caraccio Collection, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster1984 American Painters from Kyoto, Ronin Gallery, New York1984 Foreign Artists in Kyoto Hankyu Gallery, Senri Osaka1982-2014 The College Women’s Association of Japan Print Show Tokyo1998-2014 The New York Print Fair, the Armory, New York City1982-2010 Kyoto Etching Association Annual Kyoto City Art CenterThe British MuseumThe Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian InstitutionThe Cedar Rapids Museum of ArtThe Herbert F Johnson Museum of ArtThe Newark Public LibraryThe Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art MuseumUS. State Department, Washington, DCOregon Art InstituteThe University of Rochester Memorial Art GalleryShimonoseki City Art MuseumSmith College Art MuseumYale University Art GalleryJordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene OregonAmerican College Board Collection of American PrintsAmerican Embassy, TokyoByodoin Temple, KyotoUniversity Hospitals, ClevelandJohns Hopkins Hospital, BaltimoreOzumo, Oakland, CaliforniaOzumo, San FranciscoSaks Fifth AvenueThe Jewish Home, Rochester, New YorkClear Sky Meditation & Study Center, British Columbia2011 Cover Art, Kyoto Journal, Volume 762009 Cover Art, Kyoto Journal, Volume 732007 Cover art, 52nd CWAJ Print Show catalog. Tokyo Poster and postcard for CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo. Nick Jones, “Paper Moon”In Touch (TAC magazine), October 2007. Tokyo “Woman By the Sea”cover art, novel in Hebrew by Itai Kohavi, Tel Aviv2006 Hand Papermaking summer 2006, noted exhibitions: Sarah Brayer2005 April Vollmer, Intersections of East and West: Contemporary Printmakers in Japan, Contemporary Impressions, Spring 2005. “City Pearls” printed in the Zimmerli Journal 3, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University of NJ. "Woman By the Sea”cover art Shakespeare's Will by Vern Thiessen, Canada Playwrites publisher.2003 Rosemary T. Smith, Japan Through Western Eyes, 1854 to the Present, The Morikami Museum, Del Ray Beach, Florida CWAJ print artists and scholars create a good impression, The Japan Times, October 15, 2003 Kyoto Shimbun, feature article Nov. 11, 20032002 Angela Jeffs, Celebrating “washi” in tune with Kyoto winters, The Japan Times, Nov. 30, 2002 Dai-ichi Seimei Hall, cover art, The Rubio Quartet and Yoshiko Endo Tokyo American Club magazine “47th Annual Print Show”2002 Kyoto Journal, inside art2001 Wigmore Hall, cover art, The Rubio Quartet and Yoshiko Endo2000 Sarah Brayer, Sarah Brayer Prints 1980-20001999 Isabel Reynolds,”American artist gets it down on paper, ” The Daily Yomiuri, April 15, 1999 Five American Artist of Kyoto, Hanga Geijitsu No. 104, Tokyo Japan,p. 1111997 Betsy Franco & Michael Verne, Quiet Elegance: Japan Through the Eyes of Nine American Artists Across Cultures: Five Contemporary Western Artists from Japan Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College Bulletin Number 1 Trudy Hansen,Evolving Forms/Emerging Faces; Trends in Contemporary American Printmaking, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University1995 Kyoto Journal, inside cover art, Spring 19951994 “Prints and Paperworks of Sarah Brayer,” Journal of the Print World, Spring 1994. Helen Cullinan, “Prints offer views of Japan,” The Plain Dealer, May 20, 1994.1994 Review Roberto Casin, “Paper and Color,” Aboard magazine, May/June1993 “Post Modern Japanesque,” Kimono, November 1992 Peter Mallett, “ Papermaking offers Creative, Colorful Medium,” Asahi Evening News, Sept. 5, 19931992 “Culture Portrait,” Photo, January 15, 1992 Journal of the Print World, Almost a Century after Helen Hyde and Bertha Lum, the Mitzie Verne Collection, Cleveland1991 Stewart Wachs, “Painter’s Career Flourishes in Kyoto,” The Japan Times, Feb. 10, 1991. *review1990 Ron Netsky, “Work from Kyoto to Brighton,” Democrat and Chronicle, May 20, 1990. *review Zimmerli Art Museum, Intaglio Printing in the 1980s1989 cover art Alan Booth, Tsugaru; Looking for the Lost1988 Zimmerli Art Museum, Relief Printing in the 1980s: Prints and Blocks from the Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios Ron Netsky, “From the Beauty of Kyoto to a Regional Print Show,” Democrat and Chronicle, March 6, 1988. Stewart Wachs, “Painting with liquid paper produces new genre for Brayer,”The Japan Times, November 21, 1988. *review1985 Lawrence Smith, Contemporary Prints From Japan: Symbols of a Society in Transition Grace Glueck, The New York Times, March 22, 1985.* review
Lectures and Interviews2001 Lecture, “Painting With Paper," The Japan Society, London England Lecture, “Painting With Paper “, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, England1995 Lecture, "Viewpoints," the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester1992 Feature story on Byodoin exhibition, NHK News, Kyoto, September 22 Byodoin exhibition, NHK News Kansai, September 251990 Lecture, “ Painting with Liquid Paper," The College Women's Association of Japan, Tokyo.1989 Interview “Catch Up: Tokyo Art Expo,” Marui News, Tokyo, November1988 Museum of Modern Art Shiga exhibition, NHK News, Kansai, November 12, 1988.
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