About

Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Sketching in Bagan, Burma.

Mike Schultz
I am a printmaker, oil painter, and illustrator living and working in Portland, Oregon, USA.

I have lived and worked extensively on the Thailand-Burma (Myanmar) Border, where in 2010-2011 I helped to establish an arts and crafts studio that provides Burmese migrant youth with artisan skills.

In 2014-2015 I focused on a self-propelled teaching and printmaking project called Thailand Burma Flora Fauna, which enabled me to return to Mae Sot, Thailand to teach drawing and design classes to migrant children and adult art teachers. You can read more about this project here.

Website
mikeschultzstudio.com

Contact
mikeschultzstudio@gmail.com

Bio
Born 1977, Bismarck, North Dakota. Hails from Ithaca, New York.

Education
2001 BFA, Oil Painting, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri

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    The hair from hell. 🔥 I spend an inordinate amount of time picking cat and carpet hair out of my ink with tweezers. This one made it through my press. ☹️🙂 #printmaking #moreartlessworry Check out this incredible print by @alvarodmarquez, and give him a follow!
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Much of Álvaro's work is in the tradition of socially conscious printmaking. 🌿 This particular print describes migrant laborers in the Salinas Vally. I love the composition and perspective in this one!
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#printmaking #moreartlessworry Child's skull in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, 2008.
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This piece is part of a series of deeply personal work. It is partially about how our media chooses and shapes our world view by manipulating what stories actually make it in front of our eyes. Cyclone Nargis is a sad example of recent history that remains largely unknown or forgotten.
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The official death toll of Cyclone Nargis in Burma was a staggering 138,366 people-- but the actual number is believed to be far higher. 🌿 Additionally, 2.4 million people were displaced, and countless thousands of children were left orphaned by the storm, many of which were then forced into exploitative labor. 🌿 After the initial storm, Burma's military junta intentionally blocked international aid (rescue efforts, food, medicine, emergency shelter materials) to avoid foreign eyes from seeing the appalling situation on the ground, which dramatically compounded and multiplied the death toll.
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I am currently rereading the book, No Bad News for the King, which I highly recommend if anyone is interested in learning about this largely forgotten tragedy.
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#printmaking #moreartlessworry