Biography

Tennessee Loveless is a Chicago based Pop/Op artist, whose work drips with irony, considering the fact that he is severely colorblind. Tennessee understands hues from a pigment and formulaic concept, often making choices based on the fundamentals of color theory, word association of the color, and color psychology, rather than the actual color itself. His choices are mathematical and planned out through precise composition, so that he can communicate the beauty of the one thing to which he is blind.

Tennessee has had a fascinating career thus far, as he rises to the top of the pop art world.  He started out painting drag queens out in a drag bar in San Francisco in the early 00’s, and he finds the flamboyance of starlets, celebrities, iconoclasts, and the underground drag culture, inspiring to this day.  In 2011, he created art for “Other Than: For You To SEE”, an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He has been in licensing and production development for the Walt Disney Company, helping create the most successful health brand product in its history, the Mickey Mouse black Band-Aids.  He also worked in production development for the Disney Villains line for Mac Cosmetics.  He has created officially licensed art for both Disney and Warner Brothers, most notably his 10x10x10 series, based on one hundred silhouettes of Mickey Mouse that express a pop journey, exploring the history of the icon, while bringing global, societal, and personal context to the imagery.

An art gypsy of sorts, he has been an artist in residence in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (with the “Loveless Collective” Pop up gallery in 2014), Chicago, Paris, Berlin, and Athens, Georgia.  He has also toured the world as part of creating his 10x10x10 series.  Tennessee was named one of the “People of the Year” from Instinct Magazine, was also “Best of Sacramento” in Sactown Magazine, was the featured artist for the 2015 winter color issue in Anthology Magazine, created a shoe line with SUPA at Nordstroms, and was accepted in the running for The Smithsonian’s SARF fellowship.

Next up in 2016, Tennessee will be the official artist for the Summer Olympics with SpeedoUSA creating swimwear designs for Brazil and USA, and he is celebrating the release of his first retrospective book, which will entail the entirety of his work thus far.

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