Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art that is perfect for Halloween -- Travis Louie

My Halloween countdown of artists continues with Travis Louie. Previous entries in this series explored the artwork of Chet Zar and Laurie Lipton. The first entry in this series involved a painting by Chet Zar. The painting by Zar, titled “Night”, was inspired by George A. Romero’s cult classic ’Night of the Living Dead’. The second entry focused on the artwork of Laurie Lipton-- an artist who often switches the roles between the living and the deceased.

Travis Louie’s art is not so much chilling as it is downright fun. Louie has created his own imaginary world that-- as he has stated-- is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. Louie’s world is inhabited by various oddities and joyful abominations-- all of which appear to embrace the upper crust of their society.
Oliver Smiley - 11 x 14 inches, acrylic on board by Travis Louie

I had the pleasure of interviewing Travis Louie back in 2007. His artwork interests me because the viewer can observe the meaning of the portraits in a playful manner or analyze them in a more sinister direction. Is Travis Louie’s world a place where wealthy and over-indulgent individuals are seen for what they really are? Or is his visual world simply a play on the viewers natural curiosity involving portraits of the past and high society? The viewer is left to ponder.

I’ve long enjoyed his work due to the creepy sense of innocence that many of his paintings convey. They remind me of monster stories from my childhood. His images are full of that youthful wonder that maybe, just maybe, monsters really do exist-- and that perhaps they are really not so bad. Needless to say, Travis Louie’s paintings fit perfectly in my opinion of great art to view on Halloween. I urge you to view Travis Louie's artwork at

Links of Interest:

Art that is perfect for Halloween -- Chet Zar

Art that is perfect for Halloween -- Laurie Lipton

Take care, Stay true,

Brian Sherwin 

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