Travis de Vries
Travis de Vries is a Gamilaroi man. He specialises in the delivery of culturally diverse projects and events across venues and artistic disciplines. He is a visual artist, a writer and a creator.
Travis is a creator of dark fiction and artwork, drawing on his Gamilaroi cultural heritage and connection to Europe via his grandfather. He now mostly works from his Leichhardt studio to create genre spanning, contemporary indigenous artwork, music and writing projects.
He loves gods and demons, fairies and bogarts, giants, werewolves and vampires. He loves the stories we tell ourselves to pretend that bad things don’t exist or that they do. He loves the way we have thousands upon thousands of years of history and culture and we still make stories that are new. Travis takes the traditional stories and ideas of the Gamilaroi and Australia’s Indigenous people and he spins them with the folklore of the world to create a completely new story.
Travis was born in Muswellbrook in country NSW, Australia and now lives between Melbourne and Sydney. He is also a producer, specialising in festivals and helping people realise their creative dreams in large or small scale events.
Travis left an arts degree after the first year to train in dance and choreography at NAISDA Dance College and then began a professional career as a performer for Bangarra Dance Theatre under Director, Stephen Page. He toured extensively, both internationally and locally with the company from 2010 – 2013 and also working with other major Australian performing companies: Legs on The Wall, The Australian Ballet and Barking Gecko Theatre Company in a performance/ creative capacity.
Travis has produced for the Sydney Opera House and is currently working at the City of Melbourne on their festival Yirramboi. Yirramboi is a ten day contemporary indigenous festival set in the heart of Melbourne. Over his producing career, Travis worked across Australia on key Indigenous and Contemporary Music Festivals; Vivid Live, Homeground, GRAPHIC, The Dreaming Festival and The Big Day Out.