Friday, August 15, 2008

Travis Louie Rewrites History

Travis Louie's paintings are like a formal photo gallery of ancestors past. It's the perfect venue for us to receive his wonderful creatures.

I love the kindness in their eyes (or eye) that suggest an unexpected sophistication and sweetness, a thought-provoking contrast to their otherwise ghoulish features.

Aside from the stunning quality of the renderings, the work successfully evokes that great beauty that lives in the imperfect.

Each character seems to have his own story, a rightful place in history. And just as I feel when I see turn-of-the-century portraits, I find myself wanting to get to know these guys a little better. (I mean, we wouldn't date or anything—just coffee.)

Oh, and you can watch Travis Louie at work here:

1 comment:

Robert J. Williams said...

The more I look at these, the more I love them.