Tennessee Loveless is an artist currently based in Chicago, IL. Being 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.

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 at a drag bar in San Francisco in the early 00’s. 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 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 an artist’s journey, exploring the history of the icon, while bringing global, societal, and personal context to the imagery.

As an art explorer, 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, and “Best of Sacramento” in Sactown Magazine. He was also the featured artist for the 2015 winter color issue in Anthology Magazine, and was the artist with SpeedoUSA for their 2016 Summer Olympics collection..

Tennessee is celebrating the release of his first retrospective book written by Dave Bossert, titled “The Art of Tennessee Loveless, The Mickey Mouse 10 x 10 x 10 Contemporary Pop Art Series”, which will entail the entirety of his work thus far with Disney Publishing. He recently completed the project of painting influential icons entitled “Art Outsiders” out in Washington D.C. Lastly Tennessee is returning to painting drag queens with his worldwide socio-geographical portrait series called “Drag Landscapes”, and “Know Where”, a expedition themed multi paneled piece project featuring his “Sketchwave” aesthetic.


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