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SUSPENDED BELIEFS

Suspended Beliefs (installation)
Suspended Beliefs (installation)

2013 - 2020 Ink, collage, audio cassette ribbon and manual typewriter on paper Dimensions variable INQUIRE

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Unusual Plume
Unusual Plume

2020 Ink, collage, audio cassette ribbon and manual typewriter on paper [three panels connected vertically] 30 x 8.5 in. / 76.2 x 21.59 cm. INQUIRE

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Unusual Plume (detail)
Unusual Plume (detail)

2020 Ink, collage, audio cassette ribbon and manual typewriter on paper [three panels connected vertically] 30 x 8.5 in. / 76.2 x 21.59 cm. INQUIRE

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Unusual Plume (detail)
Unusual Plume (detail)

2020 Ink, collage, audio cassette ribbon and manual typewriter on paper [three panels connected vertically] 30 x 8.5 in. / 76.2 x 21.59 cm. INQUIRE

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MUSIC WAS MY FIRST LOVE

Sonny Boy Williamson II
Sonny Boy Williamson II

and Elmore James 2014 Charcoal on wooden crates 46 x 38 inches / 116.84 x 96.52 centimeters INQUIRE

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Nina Simone
Nina Simone

2014 Ink on wood table top with earring 27.625 x 28 inches / 70.17 x 71.12 centimeters INQUIRE

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Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus

2014 Audio casette ribbon on linen 48 x 48 inches / 121.92 x 121.92 centimeters INQUIRE

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Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

2014 From the '8 Track' series Mixed media on 8-track cassette 5.25 x 4.875 inches / 13.33 x 12.38 centimeters INQUIRE

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THE NOTES UNDERNEATH

The slow and steady decline
The slow and steady decline

of the honeymoon period [self-portrait on the subway] 2011 Acrylic, collage, and charcoal on wood panel 32.75 x 22.5 inches / 81.18 x 57.15 centimeters INQUIRE

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A smile on the subway sticks out
A smile on the subway sticks out

like a sore thumb 2011 Acrylic, collage, and charcoal on wood panel 15.875 x 11.25 inches / 40.32 x 28.57 centimeters INQUIRE

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The Notes Underneath XL Sketchbook
The Notes Underneath XL Sketchbook

2012 Drawings printed on sewn paper 19 x 26 inches / 48.26 x 66.04 centimeters INQUIRE

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Collapsed dreams cause black holes
Collapsed dreams cause black holes

2011 Acrylic, collage and charcoal on canvas 24 x 18 inches / 60.96 x 45.72 centimeters INQUIRE

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We Are Made To Endure: A Portrait of
We Are Made To Endure: A Portrait of

the Donner Party 2009 Mixed media installation Dimensions variable INQUIRE

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James Clyman
James Clyman

2009 Watercolor, graphite, and collage on paper 5 x 7 inches / 12.7 x 17.78 centimeters INQUIRE

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Mary Graves
Mary Graves

2009 Watercolor, graphite, and collage on paper 5.5 x 8.5 inches / 13.97 x 21.59 centimeters INQUIRE

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James Frazier Reed and Margaret Reed
James Frazier Reed and Margaret Reed

2009 Watercolor and graphite on paper 8 x 10 inches / 20.32 x 25.4 centimeters INQUIRE

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THE DONNER PARTY

ROBERT SAYWITZ

Robert Saywitz is a Bay Area-based multi-disciplinary artist, designer, illustrator, and visual storyteller. He creates graphic narratives in his original works on canvas, paper, found objects, and artist books with the intention of building images infused with emotion as a magnification and intensification of our daily life experiences. These images represent glimpses of how he perceives the places, people, and sounds within himself and the world around him.

Finding inspiration from collective and personal histories—and often the world of music—Saywitz approaches each project as an investigative journalist might begin to research, analyze, and unpack certain stories or moments in time that were either overlooked, misunderstood, or simply forgotten. He seeks out ideas from the world of history, books, and news stories, but his personal studio—full of seemingly random artifacts including old instruction manuals, maps, magazine clippings, keys, matchbooks, old typewriters, and ticket stubs—functions as an essential library of inspiration and tools for each project. The artist seeks out materials that will work as a blank canvas for a drawing or painting, but also those which relate to the subject matter. Many of these non-traditional and found materials—including antique books, wooden crates, or music-related items like vinyl and cassettes—are part of Saywitz’s process to breathe new life into discarded or antiquated objects that often find themselves on the street or in second-hand shops. Often the deterioration of the materials will add to his storytelling. The manual typewriter also plays a large role in his recent works—a nod to his skillset as a graphic designer, and his passion for typography and the physical book.

Saywitz believes that the creative process of the visual artist closely mirrors that of the musician. Both adhere to laws of rhythm, harmony, tone and composition—while utilizing elements within a specific medium to create original and evocative stories. Just as the musician forms a composition through the arrangement of notes, melodies, and silence, the visual artist composes a story using form, color, and negative space. His work has been exhibited at various art spaces and galleries in New York and California.