Painter and printmaker Brian Shure received a BA from Antioch College and worked as a professional fine art etcher and lithographer for 15 years. He published and printed editions for several years under his imprint, Smalltree Press, and was a master printer and coordinator of the China Woodblock Program at Crown Point Press from 1987–94. He has given workshops in the US, Japan and Mexico and has been a visiting artist at Brown University and Cornell University. Master Printer Paul Mullowney of Tokugenji Press in Nara, Japan published Shure’s Ise Jingu print project in the summer of 2000. Shure is author of two books on Chine collé, published by Crown Point Press, and a member of the advisory board of Highpoint Press in Minneapolis. In 2004 he completed a group of murals for the Pittsburgh Federal Courthouse. A suite of etchings produced in residency at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg, Sout Africa is scheduled for release in November 2014. More information and work at brianshure.com.
Academic research/ areas of interest
Shure has done extensive research into chine collé, culminating in two technical books, and has studied the related processes of scroll mounting, byobu (folding-screen) repair and the Chinese watercolor woodblock process.