Travis McEwen is an artist who works primarily in the medium of painting to explore themes of otherness, queerness, and gender. Historically, his practice has been a portrait-focused investigation into the emotional and psychological experiences of being othered, and more recently has extended into how queer community and alternate spaces are constructed. McEwen uses a fierce and codefied colour palette to explore ideas of gender, marginalization, identity, isolation and markers of trauma.
Travis McEwen was born in Red Deer, AB, Canada and holds a BFA from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal. His work has been shown throughout Canada, including Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB), Galerie La Centrale Powerhouse (Montreal, QC) and Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), and included in Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Alberta. McEwen is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Department of Art, Minneapolis, MN.
September 8 – October 14, 2017