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 through the ranks 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 facilitate the most successful health and beauty products with MAC Cosmetics, OPI, Johnson & Johnson, Procter and Gamble, Benefit, and Urban Decay. 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.