To confront the oddly familiar yet strange characters by Travis Louie (American, b. 1964) is to walk into a world of curiosities, monsters, and the absurd. His paintings are culminations of many influences: Victorian portraiture, Film Noir movies, and human oddities as Vaudeville magic acts, circus sideshows, and the monsters and superheroes of Horror and Sci-Fi movies.
Louie’s creative process is one of realistically rendered graphite drawings on a smooth ground that are washed with layers of acrylic paint. The characters of his paintings begin as notebook sketches and journal entries which may be developed into a drawing and ultimately painted. Narrative in approach, each image is accompanied by its own story written by Louie.
Louie is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in Queens, New York. He received his BFA in Communication Design from the Pratt Institute. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions primarily on the East and West Coasts. Louie lives in upstate New York and is represented by William Baczek Fine Art, Northampton.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website