Sawyer Rose

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Matilija Poppy, 2012 Glass, Led Lights, Solder, Oil On Panel 12 X 16 © sawyer rose
Mt. Diablo Fairy Lantern, 2012 Glass, Led Lights, Solder, Oil On Panel 9 X 12 © sawyer rose
Lange's Metalmark, 2012 Glass, Led Lights, Solder, Oil On Panel 12 X 16 © sawyer rose
Monterey Cypress, 2012 Glass, Led Lights, Solder, Oil On Panel 18 X 24 © sawyer rose
Red Valerian, 2012 Glass, Led Lights, Solder, Oil On Panel 12 X 16 © sawyer rose
Button Bush
Marin Dwarf Flax
Quick Facts
Charlotte, NC
Birth year
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Williams College, 1996, BA Art
mixed-media painting, lightbox, mixed-media, landscape, sculpture
Statement & Resume

The California landscape is big and bold. A long-time transplant from North Carolina, I still have fresh eyes for the rugged, majestic countryside that I have the good fortune to call home. It has been said that native plants “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”1 Right now, this is where we are, and these works are a tribute to the grandeur (and sometimes brashness) of the species that share their California with us.

When I was living in the city of San Francisco my work was more graphic and crisp, but then I moved to Fairfax in Marin County and hours spent outside softened my palette and my choice of subject matter. Even my relationship to line has changed, now purposefully veering toward the more natural and imperfect.

Metal, glass and light are the perfect media to create my glowing, textured lightboxes. I allow the hot solder to set organically, painting with the soldering iron like a brush. I work with thick architectural glass, rich with bubbles and streaks. I burnish the painted panels with steel wool to let the underpaint peek through. Flip the switch, and tiny lights behind the glass shine like fireflies or stars, a small homage to the splendor of wild California.

1 Lady Bird Johnson


Sawyer Rose

Born: 1974, Charlotte, NC

1996, BA, Art, Williams College, Mass., cum laude
1995, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

Solo Shows:
September 2012, Stained Glass Garden, Berkeley, CA
July 2012, NATIVE: California Plants in Metal, Glass & Light, Inclusions Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Exhibitions:
2011, The Guerilla Show, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008-09, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, San Francsico, CA
2008, Artists Alley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007-2010, Artist-Xchange Gallery, San Francisco
2007, "Off the Point," Hunters Point Studios group show
2007, “All Mixed Up,” Juried Exhibition, Artisans Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2007, 34th Juried Exhibition, Projekt30,
2006, Holiday Show, Gallery 3175, San Francisco, CA
2005, “Life in Color,” Fly Trap Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2004, “Boundaries,” Effection, San Francisco, CA
2003, “The Night Show,” The Fuse Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009, "The Shadow Knows", Sunday May 3, 2009
2009,, "eNewsletter February 2009”
2008,, “SF Open Studios Weekend 5 Edition”, Featured Artist
2007, "Hunters Point: Sawyer Rose Artist." Interview by shovland
2007,, December 7, Hayes Valley Market
2005, “Sawyer Rose.” Mission Arts Monthly June-July 2005: 4-16.

Selected Collections:
Scott Mitchell, Director, Artist-Xchange, Private Collection, San Francisco, CA
Parthenon Capital Partners, San Francisco, CA
True Stories Films, San Francisco, CA
Bravanta Corporate Art Collection, San Bruno, CA
IndieDesign, San Francisco, CA

Professional Experience:
1999-2012, President, Blackpowder Graphics, Inc., San Francisco, CA
1997, Director, Fothoui Kramer Gallery, East Hampton, NY