Jay Backstrand and Tom Cramer Exhibit at the Laura Russo Gallery

artwork: Jay Backstrand - "Splenetic", 2011 - Oil on canvas - 25" x 28". Image courtesy of the Laura Russo Gallery, © the artist.

Portland OR.- The Laura Russo Gallery is pleased to present new works by Jay Backstrand and Tom Cramer under the title “Oregon Landmarks” from May 5th to 28th. Iconic Portland artist Tom Cramer is widely known for his public murals, painted cars, totems, opera sets and costumes, and recent exhibitions of exquisitely carved, intricate wall reliefs inspired in part by recent travels to the major temples of India. His work is included in museum collections (Portland Art Museum, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Boise Art Museum among others), corporate collections (Microsoft, Harsch Investment Corp., numerous law firms) and many private collections. Cramer is an instructor at PNCA (Pacific Nortwest College of Art), the institution from which he graduated in 1982. Cramer also spent time at the Pratt Institute in NYC in the mid-1980’s. His work has been included in several Oregon Biennial exhibitions and many other survey shows.