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Sarah Brayer  Bio  ·    Video  ·  

Sarah Brayer is internationally known for her poured washi paperworks and aquatint prints.

Brayer's art is in the collections of the British Museum, the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Newark Public Library and the American Embassy, Tokyo. In 2007, she was selected as the first non- Japanese woman cover artist for the prestigious 52nd CWAJ Contemporary Print Show in Tokyo.

Drawn to Japanese art through raku-style ceramics and the color aquatints of Mary Cassatt, she studied Japanese woodblock printing with Yoshida Toshi (1911-1996), the son of influential artist Yoshida Hiroshi. In 1986 she opened her own print studio in an old kimono weaving factory in northern Kyoto.

Brayer first encountered poured washi-the technique she soon adopted -during a visit to Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City in 1986. This somewhat unpredictable, yet painterly technique seemed a perfect blend of chance and design, led her to the ancient Japanese paper center of Echizen  to experiment with large-scale poured-paper images. She has worked there since 1986, as the only western artist. In 1992 Brayer was 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.

Residing in Kyoto since 1980, Sarah Brayer divides her working time among Kyoto, Imadate ( Echizen in Fukui pref.) and New York City.  

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Born in Rochester, New York.
From 1980 to present lives and works in Kyoto, Japan.

1975-1979   B.A. cum laude in Studio Art, Connecticut College, New London
1978            Printmaking study, Middlesex Polytechnic, London, England
1982-84      Woodblock printing, Toshi Yoshida, Miasa, Japan
1996-09      Crown Point Press, San Francisco

Solo Exhibitions
2011    Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan
2010    Luminosity: Night Paperworks Kyoto
2010    The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California
2010    Art in June, Rochester, New York
2010    30 Yearsof Art in Kyoto: Sarah Brayer Kyoto
2007    The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California
2007    Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan
2007    Round the Horn, Nantucket
2007    Art in June, Rochester, New York
2006    Whisper to the Moon, Kyoto
2006    Art in June, Rochester, New York
2005    The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay
2005    Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki
2004    Azuma Gallery, Seattle
2004    Tokyo American Club
2004    Esmay Fine Art, Rochester
2004    Ronin Gallery, New York
2003    Galleria LL, Kobe
2002    Kato Gallery, Tokyo
2002    The Tolman Collection, Tokyo
2001    Hanga Ten, London, England
2001    Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastridge, England
2001    Izumi-en, Osaka
2001    Ars Locus Gallery, Kyoto
2000    Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama
2000    Tokyo American Club
2000    The Tolman Collection, Tokyo
1999    The Ren Brown Collection
1999    Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan
1998    Gallery Rewdex, Kyoto
1998    Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York
1998    CHIC, Rokko Island
1997    The Tolman Collection, Tokyo
1997    Ars Locus Gallery, Kyoto
1996    Ronin Gallery, New York
1996    Tokyo American Club,Tokyo
1996    Gallery Bonten, Shimonoseki, Japan
1996    Ars Locus Gallery, Kyoto
1995    Dieu Donne Gallery, New York
1995    WICE Artspace, Paris
1995    Daimaru Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1995    Kanda Gallery, Okinawa, Japan
1994    Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
1994    Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York
1994    A Sense of Place   The Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio
1993    Takashimaya Gallery, Tamagawa, Tokyo, Japan
1993    Tokyo American Club, Tokyo, Japan
1993    The Ren Brown Collection, Bodega Bay, California
1993    Galeries Ann Monnet, Kyoto, Japan
1992    Sarah Brayer at Byodoin Temple  Invitational honoring Kyoto’s 1200th year
1992    Azuma Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1992    Gallery Cocteau, Kyoto, Japan
1992    Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York
1992    Kanda Gallery, Okinawa, Japan
1991    Recollections  Tokyo American Club
1991    Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama
1991    Daimaru Gallery, Osaka, Japan
1991    Takashimaya Gallery, Tamagawa, Tokyo
1990    Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, Invitational
1990    Ronin Gallery, New York
1990    Shoestring Gallery, Rochester, New York
1989    Kato Gallery, Tokyo
1989    Gallery Blanche, Osaka
1989    Kintetsu Gallery, Kyoto
1989    Tokyo American Club, Tokyo
1989    Gallery San, Kyoto
1988    The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan
1988    Recent Works  April Sgro-Riddle Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1988    Daimaru Gallery, Kobe, Japan
1988    Shukugawa Gallery, Shukugawa, Japan
1987    Sumi Arts, Hong Kong
1987    The Japanese Bath and other Landscapes Carter Arcand Gallery, Portland
1987    Kato Gallery, Kobe, Japan

Group Exhibitions
2009    IMPACT the Big Print, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, Cal. Curated by Donna Westerman.
2009    WOOD. METAL. STONE: Contemporary Japanese prints The Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Connecticut
2007    Catalogue Cover artist and Poster artist, for the 52nd CWAJ Print Show, Tokyo, Japan
2005    The Color of Night: How Artists Work with Darkness, Zimmerli Art Museum,Rutgers University
2003    Japan Through Western Eyes, The Morikami Museum, Del Ray Beach, Florida
2003    Snow in Winter: Ukiyo-e and Contemporary Prints from Japan, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese
                Foundation, London
2003    1853-2003: A Sesquicentennial Salute to Commerce and Cultural Exchange between Japan and the
                USA, the Newark Public Library, Newark NJ
2002    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, NY
2001    Rags to Riches: 25 Years of Paper Art from Dieu Donne Papermill, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan;
                Maryland Institute College of Art
1999    Miyabi : a Celebration of Beauty by Five American Artists of Kyoto, Sogetsu Museum, Tokyo.
                Produced by the Tolman Collection
1997    Across Cultures: Five Contemporary Artists from Japan, Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin, Ohio
1997    Kansai Artists, YCAC, Yokohama
1995    Out of the Drawing Room, Recent Acquisitions: Works on Paper by Women Artists, The Memorial Art
                Gallery of the University of Rochester
1995    Works on Paper  The Verne Collection, New York
1994    The Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio
1994    New Editions  Ronin Gallery, New York
1992    Almost a Century after Helen Hyde and Bertha Lum, the Mitzie Verne Collection,Cleveland
1992    Accent on Paper: 15 Years at the Dieu Donne Papermill  Lintas Worldwide, New York
1990    Intaglio Printing in the 1980'sThe Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,Rutgers University,
                New Brunswick, New Jersey
1988    Relief Printing in the 1980's  The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum,Rutgers University.
                Curated by Trudy Hansen.
1988    Regional Printmakers  Pyramid Gallery, Rochester, New York
1988    Carter-Arcand Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1988    The Mitzie Verne Collection, Cleveland, Ohio
1987    Mary Ryan Gallery, New York
1987    Eight Artists from Kyoto  Takashimaya Gallery, Yokohama
1987    Prints from the Yoshida Studio  Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo
1986    Curator’s Choice  Portland Art Institute, Oregon
1986    Saga Print Annual  New York
1986    The Bank of Tokyo, Hong Kong
1986    April Sgro-Riddle Gallery, Los Angeles
1985    50/50 Monoprints-Prints  Montgomery College
1984    The Caraccio Collection  Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster
1984    American Painters from Kyoto  Ronin Gallery, New York
1984    Foreign Artists in Kyoto  Hankyu Gallery, Senri Osaka
1982-2009      The College Women’s Association of Japan Print Show  Tokyo
1998-2009      The New York Print Fair, the Armory, New York City
1982-2002      Kyoto Etching Association Annual   Kyoto City Art Center

The British Museum
The Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
The Newark Public Library
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
US. State Department, Washington, DC
American Embassy, Tokyo
Oregon Art Institute
The University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery
Shimonoseki City Art Museum
Byodoin Temple
University Hospitals, Cleveland
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Citibank, Tokyo
TRW Collection, Los Angeles
Pfiser, New York
American College Board Collection of American Prints
Ozumo, Oakland, California
Ozumo, San Francisco
Saks Fifth Avenue
The Jewish Home, Rochester, New York
154 Corporation, Tokyo
RJ Reynolds/MC Tobacco, Tokyo
Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center, British Columbia

2001        Japan 2001 sponsorship, London, England
1990        The College Women’s Association of Japan 35th Anniversary Grant
                 for Print Artists,Tokyo
1979        cum laude  Studio Art, Connecticut College, New London
1978        The Marguerite Hanson Award for Art   Connecticut College

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