Patrick Tobin

Biography

Surfing wasn’t just a sport to Pat. It was his way of life, his poetry, his Zen, his muse. He fashioned his own pat tobin biobig-wave guns and rode the deepwater mysto breaks of Mainland Mexico. In quieter moments, he took oils to canvas to paint his best friends—the waves, coves and swaying palms of California and Mexico that marked “his” beaches. Pat drank beer with friends and perfected his plein-air painting, producing colorful landscapes of his favorite beaches. He would return to Laguna Beach, California, to exhibit and sell his paintings. A legend among the early big-wave surfers, and popular among collectors of surf art, he was 55 when he died in 2006 of liver disease.

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Micah Crandall-Bear (1980 - )

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The work of Micah Crandall-Bear is the culmination of years of practice, sacrifice and patience. Knowing from a young age he wanted to pursue a career as an artist, he dedicated himself to his craft.

Rebelling against the peaceful vegetarian co-housing community his parents founded, Micah moved out on his own at age 17. Micah began an internship at the Michael Himovitz Gallery on Del Paso Blvd through a program at Sacramento City College. Chuck Miller, the gallery owner and recipient of the California Lawyers for the Arts Artistic License Award, quickly noticed the talent and passion of his young intern. Chuck negotiated the sale of Micah’s first piece and was a mentor and ambassador for Micah’s career until he died in 2009.

Micah used his youthful angst to fuel his next body of work. He created a series of figurative works with hard urban tones, text, spray paint, and graffiti. Pieces from this period were shown in the Sacramento Public Law Library, the Attorney Generals Office, and The Sacramento Department of Justice.

Micah had a career breakthrough when the California Lawyers for the Arts invited him to participate in the Creative Merger group exhibition along side M. Louise Stanley, Al Farrow and Troy Dalton. The press took notice. Micah was written up in the Sacramento News and Review and his work was featured on the cover of Because People Matter Magazine.

As Micah’s career grew, so did his artistic maturity and ambitions. He abandoned the youthful street inspirations and began experimenting with stripes and color fields. Micah was one of a few leaders pushing the Sacramento art community to recognize and support abstract art.

This persistent spirit earned him the first ever abstract show at the 20th Street Art Gallery. The work from this period attracted art consultants, interior designers, and corporations. His work now adorns the walls of skyscrapers in San Francisco, university hospitals, law firms, offices of development companies, the lobby of a well-known social media corporation, and many private residences. His work has been featured in Sacramento Magazine, the Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Business Journal, ArtSlant and on Fox 40 News.

Micah shows regularly and his reputation has brought him consistent commissions and support from both personal and public collectors. He can be found in his sun-lit, urban studio where he paints almost every day on his current series, Develop.

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