TRAVIS LOUIE

Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their existence and place in society. The underlying thread that connects all these characters is the unusual circumstances that shape who they were and how they lived. Some of their origins are a complete mystery while others are hinted at. A man is cursed by a goat, a strange furry being is discovered sleeping in a hedge, an engine driver can’t seem to stop vibrating in his sleep, a man overcomes his phobia of spiders, etc, … Using acrylic paint washes and simple textures on smooth boards, he has created portraits from an alternative universe that seemingly may or may not have existed.

Unmade Bed Faerie, Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.
Unmade Bed Faerie, Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.

Ancient Bogeymen

Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.

Bogeymen Circa 1934

Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.

Toliver's Bird Drawing

Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.

Brute Goblin in Disguise

Liquid Graphite on Paper, 14 x 11 in.

Young Mr. Harriman Before the Crash

2014, Archival Pigment Ink on Paper, 13.5 x 11 In.

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