Joan Mitchell Center

Travis Somerville

San Francisco, CA
April 9 - May 4
Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient (2010)
Painter
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Travis Somerville was born in 1963 in Atlanta, GA. He studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute. His work explores the complexities of racism and serves as a point of departure for discussion about US oppression and colonial attitudes abroad. Somerville's work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions: The University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL; Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI; The Bass Museum, Miami Beach, FL; Frederick Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; and CENTRO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO, Malaga, Spain; among others. Somerville has garnered critical attention in numerous publications including The Washington Post, Art in America, and The Los Angeles Times. His work is included in numerous museum collections, including SFMoMA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; 21c Museum in Louisville; Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach, CA); San Jose Museum of Art; Birmingham Museum of Art; and the Walker Art Center.

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School Daze

School Daze

2015, oil on vintage money bags mounted on canvas, 80 x 58 inches

Producer’s Row

Producer’s Row

2014, oil on canvas, 24 x 18 inches

Ol’ Pal of Mine

Ol’ Pal of Mine

2014, oil and collage on canvas, 84 x 60 inches

Independence Day

Independence Day

2014, oil on vintage cotton picking sack, 82 x 26 inches

Ballad of George Stinney

Ballad of George Stinney

2014, graphite on found chairs with rope and pulley, 128 x 38 inches (variable)

Freedom Mugs

Freedom Mugs

2015, graphite and charcoal on vintage money bags, 48 x 22 inche

H.L.

H.L.

2014, oil on collage on canvas, 60 x 40 inches

Jamestown

Jamestown

2014, cotton bale w/ anchor, 28 x 42 inches (variable)