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. He spent the next few years eating McDonalds, smoking cigarettes and mixing with gangsters, socialites, and ﬂamboyant art collectors. 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, stencil work, text and spray paint. 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 reﬁned his ﬁgurative and cityscape work while he began experimenting with color ﬁelds. Micah’s fathers photography inspired him to evolve his color ﬁeld work into abstract landscapes that were brought into focus by being painted within a vintage polaroid border.
This persistent spirit earned him a sold out one person show at the Elliott Fouts Gallery.
His work now adorns the walls of skyscrapers in San Francisco, university hospitals, law ﬁrms, large tech companies, Facebook’s data centers world wide and many private residences. His work has been featured in ArtSlant, American Art Collector Magazine, KVIE, PBS, Sacramento Magazine, the Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Business Journal 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.
Micah has since stopped eating McDonalds and returns regularly to visit his parents at their peaceful vegetarian co-housing community.