Trav MSK Begins A New Era Of Abstract Paintings

We welcome back Trav who returns with six new pieces of original artwork from his latest exhibition Seems Like You’re Ready. A new era for the multi-talented artist, his latest pieces blend his recent abstract style with expressionism, all with a healthy respect for patterning and letter styles. Read on to learn more about Trav’s most recent works from Seems Like You’re Ready and pick up one of 6 new pieces of original artwork Friday September 4th at 12pm EST on 1xRUN


1x: Tell us a little bit about this series, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about these paintings?
Trav: These paintings are from a show titled Seems Like You’re Ready. The body of work is particularly special to me because it was a breakthrough moment in my paintings where I shifted the work from text interacting with patterns, to text interacting with text. Regarding the paintings interacting with text, my aim was to create paintings that appeared gestural at first glance. It was extremely fun to experiment with text as shapes and not words. These pieces are an end of one era, and the beginning of another for my work.

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1x: What materials was these pieces created with?
  These particular pieces were created with lettering enamel on wood.


1x: When were these pieces drawn and created?
These pieces were started around November of 2014.

1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for these paintings?​
The lettering orgy style pieces came about from an appreciation for expressionism, and a desire to bring something to the table that played by the same rules as expressionism but that was original. They came to be a little faster when I was challenged to not be so reliant on patterns in my work.
The works with the patterns came about first. These pieces rely on visually confusing the viewer, and play into my appreciation for traditional sign painting and fashion…



1x: How long did each of these pieces take?
When I work with lettering enamel, specifically 1shot, I tend to not time myself. I work on multiple pieces at the same time and shift them around to allow paint to dry…it’s hard to tell how much time is spent on each piece but this body of work I shuffled around for a few months.

1x: What is unique about this series compared with your other work?​
What’s unique about this series is that is it represents a lot growth in my work. These pieces taught me a lot, and the release of these pieces came at a unique time because I’ve recently brought what I’ve learned in these pieces into my graffiti which has been super refreshing.


1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
WebsiteInstagram @travmsk –