Austin, Texas – Todd Sanders, pop artist and owner of the iconic Roadhouse Relics, will host a neon gallery opening during SXSW debuting four new works.
Sanders, one of the pioneering artists behind the resurgence of neon signs as a medium for pop-art, has recently partnered with brands like Sailor Jerry, Junk Gypsy, and HGTV, which have featured Sanders’ original works.
Said Sanders of the opening, “SXSW is a fantastic time to be in Austin. People are traveling from all over the world to not only experience the festival, but also to connect with the Austinites who make this city so special. The new pieces in this collection reflect the crude charm of old Austin. It’s an exciting time for me to share my work with those who want to take a little piece of the city home with them.”
The reception will be Thursday, March 14, from 6–9 p.m. at the Roadhouse Relics Gallery, 1720 S. First St. The opening is free and open to the public.
The new works include “Legs,” a glowing reference to the classic pinup beauty. “Deep Eddy” is a tribute to the famous Austin watering hole. “WTF?” ironically mixes vintage style with the modern euphemism. The last piece is a commentary on the state of our economy — beat-up, dirtied, but ultimately still glowing. It is aptly titled “$.”
Todd Sanders has worked as an artist in Austin for over 15 years, specializing in vintage-inspired neon designs. Since he is educated in the original techniques of sign making, each of his works is made by hand and without the use of computer-aided design. Sanders has long been a fixture in the Austin art community, and his gallery was listed as a must-see stop in the New York Times’ article 36 Hours in Austin. More information and a full portfolio of work can be found at RoadhouseRelics.com.