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Press Release: Lifetime Companions by Travis Louie

Lifetime Companions

New Works by Travis Louie

Opening December 12th 2009 7-11pm

Travis Louie

Travis Louie

The Shooting Gallery is proud to present Lifetime Companions, new works by Travis Louie. This will mark Louie’s first major solo show at The Shooting Gallery with fifteen intimate portraits. Please join us for the opening reception of Lifetime Companions on Saturday, December 12th 2009, from 7-11 pm.

Travis Louie’s portraits are developed from another time and reality. They entice the viewers bringing them a step closer to the imagination of a man whose stories are as wondrous as his paintings. Referencing bits of particular moments, journal entries and obscure facts; Louie creates haunting dreamlike creatures. Dressed in pea coats, top hats and other Victorian fashions the otherworldly beings possess odd human characteristics. Some of their origins are a complete mystery while others are hinted at. A man is cursed by a goat, an engine driver can’t seem to stop vibrating in his sleep, a man overcomes his phobia of spiders, or a groomsman’s head mysteriously shrinks on his wedding day. In this particular collection, most of the paintings are family portraits of people attending weddings and formal events.

The visual style of Travis Louie’s work is strongly 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, has a great effect on the way his paintings to look. To achieve the dramatic “mood” he sets for his paintings, the works are produced primarily in black and white or limited color. He uses acrylic paints over tight graphite drawings on smooth grounds, such as “plate” finish illustration board or finely sanded, primed wood panels. When he is not painting, his time is spent writing in his notebooks and journals. Many little drawings and sketches are made from those writings, most of which are less than ten centimeters square.

Please join us for the opening reception of Lifetime Companions on Saturday, December 12th 2009, from 7-11pm. This event runs through January 2nd 2010, and is open to the public. For more information on Travis Louie please visit our media kit page.

New Brow Screening in SF

New Brow poster The acclaimed documentary, New Brow: Contemporary Underground Art, returns to San Francisco this month for a special screening event. New Brow is a feature film presented by The Shooting Gallery and Humble Pictures that showcases interviews with the artists, galleries, and collectors that sparked the new American art movement.

Featured artists include Van Arno, Shawn Barber, Gary Baseman, Shepard Fairey, Mike Giant, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Yumiko Kayukawa, Kill Pixie, Travis Louie, Isabel Samaras, Robert Williams and more.

Catch The Shooting Gallery’s Terrestrial Syndrome opening at 7pm and then zoom over to ATA Gallery for the the film screening. Details below:

September 12th, 2009 at 8:30pm

ATA Gallery (Artists’ Television Access)
992 Valencia Street (at 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110

Ron English Paints Pretty Girls at SDCC 2009

Ron English was in high demand at San Diego’s Comic Con 2009. In between signings and the Perversity Panel with Isabel Samaras, English took a moment to paint topless models at the Planet Illogica launch party. Two of our favorite art go-tos, Arrested Motion and Daily DuJour, were there to photograph Ron getting down with some pretty ladies.

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Travis Louie’s “Strange Grooming Habits”

We liked what The Art Collectors had to say about Travis Louie‘s new show:


Travis Louie opened “Strange Grooming Habits” at Copro Nason in Santa Monica, CA this past weekend, where he delivered a couple of exciting surprises – several larger pieces including a 38 x 27″ painting that dwarfs the majority of works he is known for, and the incorporation of more completely human-like subjects (our favorites from the show). –The Art Collectors

Travis Louie Lullaby

If you find yourself sleepless in Seattle next weekend, Roq La Rue Gallery will tuck you in with some not-so-sweet lullabies. Their group show,”Lush Life,” opens May 8th featuring Travis Louie, Chris Sorren, Mia, and more. If Cyclops-meets-Eraserhead doesn’t spell out “sweet dreams” for you, brushing up on David Lynch might be a good pretext to this exhibition.

Strange Grooming Habits: Travis Louie

Since he was twelve years old, Travis Louie has known he would be an artist. His mutated Victorian hybrids are strikingly realistic and yet their deformities invoke nausea; a combination that keeps your eyes locked on his images. Sit tight for his newest show, “Strange Grooming Habits,” opening May 9th  at Copro Nason Gallery.