A new exhibition, Travis Louie’s Monsters On Their Day Off opens this Friday in Seattle. Travis is a master at creating creepy-cool works often with surreal humor, in Victorian finished perfection. An Eclectix fave – this show is not to be missed if you find yourself up Seattle way.
Travis Louie’s hypnotic “portraiture” is compelling for its blend of the hyper realistic with the blatantly unreal. Fantastical creatures gaze out from paintings so technically refined (using transparent layers of acrylic paint over a tight graphite drawing on a smooth flat surface) that they look uncannily like old photographs. Often in his work Louie seeks to create mythological ancestors… long-lost “relatives” captured in Victorian cabinet card/ tint type images.
His own interest in Noir imagery, German Expressionism, personal dream imagery, (not to mention B movie monsters!), as well as his recent discovery of old photographs – all combined in this latest series of works. This particular series focuses on what monsters do when they are not “monstering”, what they do on their days off and what their endearing hobbies might be. Each painting comes with a story about each character written by Travis.
Opening Reception: Friday April 12th, 6-9 pm
Show runs through May 4th, 2013
LINK: To Travis’ Website