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Todd Sanders: Artist Reception


SAMUEL OWEN GALLERY has announced an Artist Reception for neon artist Todd Sanders. Sanders is devoted to preserving the artistic roots of 20th century Pop culture while evoking the sensibility of rustic Americana.  He calls his style ‘modern vintage’.  With their rusted patinas and retro imagery, each of Sanders’ neon works evokes the glory days of roadside America. The industrial materials he uses are drawn directly from a bygone era of American industry and commerce. Yet he considers himself a Pop artist and true to the Pop genre, Sander’s neon works, with their flow of their electrified ions dancing in a glass tube, challenge notions of what art is.

Each work is fabricated by hand and without the use of computer-aided design. Sanders studied graphic art in college. A chance spring-break trip through Austin ignited his passion for both the city and neon art.  He relocated and found work at a neon sign company. Educated in the original techniques of sign making, he stayed three years before starting his own business in 1995. In 2007, he left commercial signage behind to devote himself to his art. As for the permanence of his own work, Sanders says, “I like to make art that, when you die, your kids will fight over.”

Sanders’ work is prized by collectors, among them Willie Nelson, Shepard Fairey, Norah Jones, ZZ Top, Johnny Depp, and Kings of Leon, for whom he created the neon work on the cover of their 2013 album, Mechanical Bull.  Sanders’ work has appeared in feature films, including most of Robert Rodriguez’s projects and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, also in the pages of Esquire, Fortune, Texas Monthly and Southern Living magazines. He earned recognition in the Neon Group’s 2010 national design competition and was invited to participate as a special featured artist in the prestigious Architectural Digest Home Design Show in 2014.

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday June 26th 6 - 9 pm

Samuel Owen Gallery 46 Centre Street Nantucket, MA 02554

Todd Sanders: Artist Reception

Jun 26 – Jul 16, 2015