Dubbing himself a Neo-narrative painter Travis Vella’s practice is an ongoing analysis of the current state of existence. Vella relies heavily on a variety of texts, including classic literature, news articles and a plethora of others as the basis for each of his series of work. He tends to focus on the processes of making paints from pigments; exploring the tension between the conscious and sub-conscious through a consistent and bold painting technique, he creates highly charged imagery, probing the viewer to draw a number of meanings.
Recently Vella embarked on a three-part exhibition titled I Don’t Believe in Ghosts, having exhibited Part 1 at Rubicon ARI his next instalment is due to include paintings from the true ghost stories as written by the viewers of the prior instalment of the series.
I Don’t Believe in Ghosts Part 2, Neon Parlour, 5 October – 16 October 2016