The Master Printers:
Paul Mullowney received his training at San Francisco’s Crown Point Press where he became Master Printer in the early nineties. There he worked on and led projects with the leading artists of the studio, including: John Cage, Richard Diebenkorn, Francesco Clemente, Pat Steir, Sol LeWitt, Shoichi Ida, and Judy Pfaff. Later Mullowney moved to Nara, Japan where he lived for ten years in a 17th century Zen temple, working on many projects in collaboration with a local scroll mounter while employing Japanese techniques and papers which continue to inform his approach to melding Western and Eastern traditions in contemporary printmaking. From 2004 to 2009 Mullowney was founding director of HuiPress in Maui where he worked on collaborative large-scale projects with Sandow Birk, Joyce Kozloff, Judy Pfaff, Nicola Lopez, Swoon, Artemio Rodriguez, Robert Kushner, and many other emerging and international artists. He has taught numerous workshops and has been visiting faculty at Portland’s Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Mullowney Printing was started in San Francisco in 2011 and is named after the commercial lithography company founded by J.D. Mullowney in the early 1920’s in Minneapolis. Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, the shop is a multi-faceted fine art printmaking studio specializing in etching, photogravure, silkscreen, relief and letterpress. In addition to contract printing and some publishing, Mullowney Printing also focuses on education with workshops, community outreach and internship.
John Gruenwald has been drawing pictures since childhood. In high school his teacher introduced him to etching and a love affair with printmaking was born. In college it was stone lithography that caught his attention. After graduation, he and his former instructor, Roland Poska, were partners in a collaborative print shop, Fishy Whale Press, printing stone lithographs for other artists. From there Gruenwald moved to New Mexico to open his own print shop, Windmill Press, and printed for artists of the Southwest. After a short stint working at Landfall Press in Chicago, he opened Cream City Graphics in Milwaukee where he printed and published artists of the Midwest for 15 years. During this period, he also taught printmaking at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.Gruenwald moved to San Francisco in the mid 90’s where the focus has been on his own artwork: printmaking and oil painting. For three years, he partnered with Terry Chastain in Tinhorn Gallery, a storefront print gallery and studio in Hayes Valley, until opening the current incarnation of Gruenwald Press on Mission Street in 2005. His work is represented by Annex Gallery in Santa Rosa, and Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee. Collections that contain work by Gruenwald include the Milwaukee Art Museum, the City of Seattle, and the Harry Quadracci Collection.
Thomas Wojak is a master printer and artist who founded The W.O.R.K.S, a screen printing studio, in 1972 in San Francisco. The studio specializes in limited edition work for local, national and international artists, and works extensively with the Bay Area design community. Over the years, his prints in the field have been honored by both the San Francisco Art Directors Guild and the New York Art Directors Association. Projects include editions for the Estate of Jerry Garcia, prints and mixed media pieces for artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Mayumi Oda, Primo Angeli, Larry Sultan, Steve Wolfe, Nance O’Banion, Charles Hobson, James Gobel and ongoing work with a group of Berlin painters. The graphic elements for Francis Ford Coppola’s winery and movie museum in the Napa Valley, as well as screen printed pieces for the Alcatraz Island renovations were recent projects.
His award winning work in the field of screen printing is extensive in scope, having produced prints for prominent local, national and international artists and clients over the past 40 years. He is also a professor in the printmaking department at the California College of the Arts, in Oakland, CA (formerly CCAC). His work is shown both here and abroad and is in numerous collections.