Drawings that tell a story
Travis Louie was born in Queens, New York. His paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. Travis 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.
Using acrylic paint washes and simple textures on smooth boards, Travis has created portraits from an alternative universe that seemingly may or may not have existed. To achieve the dramatic “mood” in his paintings, they are produced primarily in black and white or limited color. He uses acrylic paints over tight graphite drawings on smooth grounds, like “plate” finish illustration board or finely sanded, primed wood panels.