Travis Willis

Travis Willis paints somewhat banal imagery of people walking city streets, or of crowds gathering near tourist attractions. His paintings never depict any sort of identifiable landmarks for the same reason he paints from blurry photographs: he's not interested in individual identity or points of destination. His interest lies in the analogous poetry that is found while observing the parade of any contemporary street. His work focuses on natural gestures and the unguarded moments of everyday life. The purpose of the blurred images is to suppress the naming of objects and to support the idea of the peripheral—an area lying beyond the strict limits of a thing. His paintings ask the viewer's experience and expectations to finish the illusion, which seems to simultaneously appear and disappear. Willis recently graduated from the New York Academy of Art.