The sense of place is very important in Travis Keller’s work. As a child, he moved from Las Vegas, NV, to a town in the “Bible Belt”; Siloam Springs, AR. Travis’s first oil paintings were of colorful cityscapes. These paintings were forgotten, and he went to college at the University of Arkansas not knowing where his art practice would go. After a couple years of school, the cities reemerged, but they were different.
Feelings of belonging were tied to his memory of the city, those memories of living in a city also lead to an interest in Dystopian literature and cinema. His works often stir memories while depicting scenes that do not exist. Excessively stacked living environments visualize the fragility of social and class structures. While the presence of light is the only indication of the landscape’s vast population, the unseen residents only clear path out of their situation is through a seemingly impossible climb.
After completing his BFA, he attended the the summer art program at the Chautauqua Institution. Travis Keller is currently a resident artist at Buffalo Arts Studio in Buffalo, New York, where he has the opportunity to show and sell his work. This also lead to a commission for a series of five works that now hang at Rowhouse Bakery & Restaurant.