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Travis Louie's Curiosities Hardcover – November 15, 2009

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About the Author

Travis was born in Queens, New York. His childhood weekends were spent at the local comic shop and at the neighborhood cinema. He marveled at rocket ships, superheroes and giant monsters. He did thousands of sketches of genre characters like Godzilla, King Kong, and Ray Harryhausen creatures. As a young adult, he attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. After a few years of freelancing, he began his current body of work. The influences for his fine art are genre films, human oddities, circus sideshows, old Vaudeville magic acts, Victorian portraits, and things otherworldly.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Tattoo Books (November 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979330750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979330759
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Murrill on November 2, 2009
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I've been admiring Travis Louie's work online for about a year via the Circus Posterus artist group. I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Louie several months ago. He's a wonderfully nice, down to earth guy and a real professional. Being a cheapskate, I'd normally just save a couple of jpegs off the internet of artists I admire, but Mr. Louie was such a gentleman I was prompted to buy his book.

I was not disappointed. The book is lovely from cover to cover. The format is large enough to see details of the paintings, but not so large as to be a Pretentious Art Monograph. I'd recommend the hardcover edition. The cover has a nice embossed effect as if the cover illustration were inset, and the endpapers are faux-antiqued. Book nerds will appreciate the attention to detail here. I have a strong suspicion Mr. Louie is a book nerd as well.

Inside, the format is of a full-page portrait painting facing a single-page biographical sketch of the character(s) depicted. Truly the characters remind me of Edward Gorey's, but brought to life in front of Mr. Daguerre's camera. The paintings are masterful, beautifully rendered portraits of monsters and weirdos. Mr. Louie is firstly a visual artist, involved in the gallery world and beyond. To compare apples to oranges, the prose sketches are the weaker part of the book. But I am happy to forgive his being a lesser Shakespeare: this book is first and foremost a book of paintings. (At any rate, I'd rather read the exploits of Miss Bunny and Krampus over the deathly boring text of the Pretentious Art Monograph any day!)

The work overall gives the impression that there is more to be explored with these characters and the universe they inhabit. It remains to be seen if Mr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guy Stryder on December 31, 2009
Travis Louie's book Curiosities is an enjoyable romp through someone's imaginary family album. The amazing thing, too - as far as I know from a gallery in Montreal at which some of his works were for sale - is that all these black and white photographs are entirely painted with oil. I'd love to know for sure as his technique defies any impression of brush strokes.

In any case, highly recommended!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brett Bryan on September 23, 2009
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What a fantastic book. The layout is beautiful and Travis has added really great background stories for his inventive and interesting extended family. A great family album to add to your art collection. Bravo!
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By GN on January 10, 2015
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This is such a cool book. I first saw it at Art Basel in Miami. It was an autographed version for $300. That was too much for me so I ordered it on amazon. After waiting for about 3 months I had almost forgotten about it but then it came in. It's a really interesting book because of the little stories that go with each picture. It's pretty lighthearted but still a good book to have around. I soon realized that Les Claypool used some of this guys art on one of his albums.
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By Steve on May 9, 2015
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I am so happy to find this book and now to own it. I discovered this artist's work at a gallery in Albuquerque, NM called Stranger Factory. I could have bought a large, framed piece, but I want them all, and a book is the way to go for me. I could look at these all day. They are so bizarrely beautiful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Library Empress on June 17, 2011
I love this book...the art the character summaries. They're all just great! I just discovered this book a few months ago and I can't get enough of these pictures.
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