Artist Spotlight: Michael Schwab

Artist Spotlight: Michael Schwab

Timothy Ragan
Dec 16, 2011

There seems to be a trend right now in the design world: this "retro modern" aesthetic abounds. We often look at art and wonder, "Wait. Is it vintage or is it new?". Michael Schwab is a Marin County artist who has captured this aesthetic for decades, and until I discovered that he has a pretty robust collection for sale I thought they were all out of my reach.

Having designed the San Francisco National Park posters, Michael Schwab is almost an institution in the Bay Area. A former Berkeley resident myself, I'd seen his posters throughout the city but it wasn't until I saw his work at a friends home across the globe in Paris that I realized the full weight of his aesthetic. His online studio and portfolio reveal the full scope of his work as well as a range of posters and price points.

Some selected favorites:

1. OSU Crew Team "Join Up" 1990 17" x 33", 60 signed and numbered: $300
2. Amtrak Washington, D.C. 2010 16" x 21", signed open edition: $150
3. Marin Headlands 1995 22" x 28", signed open edition: $150
4. Eighth Annual Polo Classic 2006 signed open edition: $200
5. Carneros Wine Country 2001 30" x 20", 200 signed and numbered: $400

What do you think of his taste? Is it timeless or trendy? Let us know in the comments.

Images: Michael Schwab

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