Minneapolis – Saturday, April 4th, 2015, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – opening for the solo exhibition Erin Sayer: The Tom Robbins Series. Painter, muralist and gallerist Erin Sayer has spent the last decade creating a painting series based on author Tom Robbins’ novels. Inspired by his detailed character descriptions as an art student in 1994, she set out to immortalize the quirky, philosophical, pop-modern enigmas.
Tom Robbins’ books are set in a Terence McKenna drenched, feminist, post-70s Americana. New-wave social ideals, spirituality, immortality, creativity, and fantastical adventures populate his mystical, psychedelic tales. A central theme is energy, associating existence with the internal divine, alive in us all. Sayer seeks to capture the Tom Robbins essence. Large oil paintings with saturated colors that depict auras, animals, symbology, occurrences and characterizations encompass the 25 original works on display.
Last summer, Erin Sayer: The Tom Robbins Series premiered in Robbins’ hometown of Seattle at the Quadrupus Artist Exchange Gallery. While in Seattle for the exhibit opening, Sayer painted a mural at The Blue Moon Tavern. The author attended the unveiling, taking home a painting based on the novel “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.” This is the first showing of Sayer’s Tom Robbins retrospective here in Minneapolis.
Erin Sayer is an all-around creative. From running galleries to traveling the country painting murals, she is constantly engaged in artistic endeavors. Her latest projects include operating Cult Status Gallery, completing several local and national mural projects, painting theatre backdrops, and working on the Tom Robbins Series. Later this year, she is beginning a series of oil paintings based on the book ‘American Gods’ by author Neil Gaiman. She is a freelance curator, having curated over 100 art shows and events over the years. Sayer has owned three galleries since 1998, painted over 50 murals locally and around the US, and her paintings inhabit dozens of private and corporate collections. She is available on commission and is always up for a new travel adventure.