|Self Portrait by Travis Little, Mix Media on Panel, 24x24|
|November 4 - December 7, 2012|
|Thursday, November 8, 6:00-10:00pm|
|Meet Travis @ Opening Reception|
|Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm|
Dacia Gallery proudly presents Parvus Minimus, a solo exhibition of paintings by Travis S. Little. Travis' figurative works in this exhibition explore a specific moment in time for the subject – from quiet to celebratory, and from introspective to expressive. Using his very unique painting process and techniques, he is able to capture and portray the emotions and the space of the model with amazing realism and detail, and the essence of each story.
|Les Pommes by Travis Little, Mix Media on Panel, 8x16|
Travis Little is a primarily self-taught Contemporary Realist painter. A graduate of The School of Advertising Art in Kettering, Ohio, he worked as a graphic designer and freelance marketing consultant until 2001, when he refocused his time primarily to fine art, illustration and photography. He started "Hommage Studios" to manage and market his fine-art, illustration, photography and interactive media work. The primary mission of Hommage Studios is also to support other artists by hosting networking events and workshops, and sharing facilities and other resources among creative hobbyists and professionals alike. He is proud to support several local youth art education programs and facilities, including the Indiana School for the Blind. Most all his paintings are made from a combination of pigments (watercolor, gouache, dye, acrylics, pencils, pastels, etc), materials and applications that are sometimes handmade and unconventional. Some pieces use only a select few mediums, while others use anything available. Travis starts with an idea and a pencil sketch. Working in very controlled thin layers, the artist builds up the work and controls the tooth of the surface by additives and surface prep, using the interference and nature of dislike media to create finer detail than would be possible or practical by more conventional methods. The process is laborious, and a piece can easily take between 18 to 30+ hours of work. He currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana and Oro Valley, Arizona, and works from a studio in Downtown Indianapolis in the historic Stutz Business Center.
I compose images out of a drive to create, using any means and media available to me, and in whatever combination that produces what I see in my imagination. Making a painted image is the most sincere and truthful form of communication I have available to me. I am inspired by connection and appreciation of the subject or form, or its environment and situation. My preference of subject will be that which can breathe, think, and feel. I use mixed media and pigments, both traditional and unconventional, with commercial and hand-made materials and mediums. I use uncommon tools and applicators, and without prejudice to rules or convention. I strive for a level of realism that is consistent with life, over any heavy reliance on stylization or abstraction. My techniques can be unorthodox and without the constraint of traditional formulaic process — a rare benefit from being mostly self-taught. My goal is that the final product is beautiful and inspired, and true to my best abilities without regard to being easily categorized.