The Oddball Art Of Travis Louie

I came upon the work of Travis Louie through a art blog, and his work really stuck me as being something singular. He takes what society might perceive as “freak show” figures, and gives them the dignity they deserve. His work also invokes a bygone period of stand-up box cameras and Civlil war-era poses, albeit with a slightly gothic twist.

Travis Louie is a New York (Queens)-based artist whose influences for his work are many: genre films, his fascination with human oddities, circus sideshows, old Vaudeville magic acts, Victorian portraits, and things otherworldly. They’re all blended together to enable him to bring life to these characters.

According to his website, his paintings come from the drawings and writings in his journals. He’s 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 underlining 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 inventive techniques of painting with acrylic washes and simple textures on smooth boards, Louie has created portraits from an alternate universe that seemingly may or may not have existed.

Art, or freak show oddities … beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Ladies and gentlemen, the art of Travis Louie.

Travis Louie at a recent exhibition of his work.

To check out more of the amazing art of Travis Louie, visit his website and his blog!

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About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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7 Responses to The Oddball Art Of Travis Louie

  1. Angeline M says:

    Wow, thanks for the intro to this artist. Otherworldly is a good definition.

  2. reb says:

    Ohhh … I loved these! 🙂

  3. Hey Stephen, thanks for the link Travis Louie’s blog. I’m definitely going to forward this on to my guy as he loves this kinda art too. The subjects and technique are amazing, thanks again for sharing his work with us all.

  4. Hey Girl In A Food Frenzy … glad you like ’em, and I’m sure your guy will too. I absolutely LOVE stuff like this, and it’s my pleasure to share. I’m amazed by the detail in his work. He obviously puts a lot of love into his art. Most importantly, he treats his subjects with dignity, and the world needs a lot more of that.

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