Although painter Travis Louie started his career as a freelance illustrator he quickly discovered it wasn’t for him. Instead, he found satisfaction – and success – painting and showing his work in galleries. It seems there was lots of love for his elegant depictions of monsters and oddities with a Victorian and Edwardian influence. It’s not hard to see why.
His visual style is “mostly influenced by the lighting and atmosphere of German Expressionist and Film Noir motion pictures from the Silent Era to the late 1950’s. Films from directors like F W Murnau, Fritz Lang, Orson Welles, Robert Siodmak, Robert Aldrich, Jacque Tourneur, and cinematographer, Greg Toland, had a great effect on the way he wanted his paintings to look.“
Louie’s newest works are collected in “The Creature Show” and will open here in Seattle tonight at Roq La Rue Gallery and will run until the end of May 2013.
More paintings after the jump.
For more of Travis Louie’s work check out his website HERE.