Squeak Carnwath draws upon the philosophical and mundane experiences of daily life in her paintings and prints, which can be identified by lush fields of color combined with text, patterns, and identifiable images. She has received numerous awards including the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, two Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Award for Individual Artists from the Flintridge Foundation. Carnwath is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives and works in Oakland, CA.
In 1996, Chronicle Books published Squeak Carnwath: Lists, Observations, & Counting, a survey of Carnwath’s work. In conjunction with her 2009 exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California, the museum published Squeak Carnwath: Painting is no Ordinary Object. In 2014, Kelly’s Cove Press published a survey entitled Horizons on Fire: Works on Paper 1979-2013.
Carnwath is a founding member and current president of the Artists’ Legacy Foundation.