TRAVIS LOUIE

Cu­ri­ous Por­traits

American Art Collector - - Contents - Haven Gallery 155 Main Street • Car­riage House Square • North­port, NY 11768 (631) 757-0500 • www.have­nart­gallery.com

The mind of Travis Louie is one of bril­liant, oth­er­worldly ec­cen­tric­ity, cre­at­ing whim­si­cal odd­i­ties like swamp mon­sters, gi­ant bugs, drag­ons and rab­bits in suit jack­ets on smooth board. His art­work trans­ports view­ers to Louie’s imag­i­nary world laced with the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Ed­war­dian and Vic­to­rian eras. From July 5 through 8, Louie will show­case his new body of work with Haven Gallery at the Mar­ket Art + De­sign con­tem­po­rary art fair in Bridge­hamp­ton, New York.

This show is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a con­tin­u­ing con­ver­sa­tion the artist says he’s been hav­ing with him­self through the por­traits of var­i­ous char­ac­ters he has cre­ated. Louie adds that his con­nec­tion to the im­mi­grant ex­pe­ri­ence in­forms “the un­usual cir­cum­stances that the sub­jects of my paint­ings deal with as they come to North Amer­ica from the lat­ter half of the 19th cen­tury into the 20th.” Many of Louie’s works de­pict the cloth­ing and por­trait styles of this by­gone era, en­livened by his dis­tinc­tive char­ac­ters. In this new body of work, Louie ex­plains that he cre­ated a se­ries of por­traits de­pict­ing im­mi­grants at the turn of the 19th cen­tury—im­ages that look like some­thing one might find while brows­ing a flea mar­ket.

“I’m al­ways fas­ci­nated by the clothes and of­ten ex­ag­ger­ate cer­tain fash­ions like hats fes­tooned with taxi­dermy or garments that seem more like cos­tumes. I think of vis­i­tors not just from ob­scure parts of Europe but from other worlds beyond our so­lar sys­tem,” Louie says. “All of these sorts of things are af­fected by the cul­ture of their unique ori­gins.”

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1 Miss Tabitha and Her Toaded Tur­ban, acrylic on board, 18 x 14"

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