Travis Pratt was raised in the midwest and studied Ceramics at The Kansas City Art Institute. The House and other structures of human habitation have been a consistent theme in his paintings since undergrad. The early houses were often bright, loose and strange, stilted, or in scary weather to evoke different emotional states. All of these were imagined and realized without reference. After moving to New York in 2010 he set his favorite subject aside for a period of intense material and conceptual experimentation.
In May of 2011 an F5 tornado leveled a large swath of his hometown, Joplin Missouri. Upon his return to help with the cleanup efforts there, he was confronted by tragedy and by a new perspective of his old muse. He spent three years developing a body of work painted from photographs he took during this time - most depicting family homes affected by the storm.
Now his works range from tightly rendered pictures painted from photos of personal experience to abstraction and imagined portraits, but the common armature from which all his interconnected ideas grow is drawing. The practice of mark making in an attempt to describe physical reality or imagined circumstance is tightly woven with his view of the world and essential to translating his particular existence into memory.