illustrator | printmaker | nature lover

Joan Pranata Bogart is an artist drawing inspiration from nature and culture. She resides in a coastal town and imagery in her work reflect her love of the ocean. Additionally, her botanical and ocean prints carved from linoleum blocks are inspired by the motif of Indonesian Batik, an intricate hand designed textile made from wax resist printing.  Her parents are from Indonesia but she grew up in Southern California, moving around the Bay Area since graduating from University of California, Berkeley. Following a BA in Art Practice she worked in online advertising at Google for over a decade, and she illustrated on the side. Her early career illustrations mostly consisted of classical botanical pencil renderings, and you can find them on the labels of La Tourangelle gourmet oils.

Printmaking with her kids in 2018 in their classes was a catalyst for Joan’s self-taught practice of linoprint and relief printing, as it took her drawing skill and evolved it into a tactile fashion. She enjoys the technical aspect of taking a drawing and carefully hand-carving it into life in her relief ink prints. Outside of carving the relief blocks, pulling prints and burnishing by spoon in hand is the most satisfying part of printing. She does not yet own a press.

Joan teaches workshops locally where she makes printmaking accessible to all. She practices her craft in her backyard art studio while raising three children with her husband in Santa Cruz, CA.