The Artists

John Alvin

JOHN ALVIN when asked about his role as the preeminent designer and illustrator in the cinema art in the entertainment industry, he described it as "creating the promise of a great experience." In a business where you are only as good as your last job, Alvin was diverse enough in style and creative invention to be one of the ultimate go-to artist for movie posters in Hollywood for over two decades.  He designed and illustrated some of the world's most widely recognizable movie art.   From E.T. to Blade Runner, to Blazing Saddles and The Lion King, John Alvin is responsible for many of your favorite movie campaign images...

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Tennessee Loveless's many fans, art critics, and collectors rightly make a fuss over the Pop/Op artist being severely colorblind, it is the content and visual context of his work that make it the most compelling.  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 as he rises to the top of the pop art world.  He started out painting drag queens, 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 an art director for the Walt Disney Company, creating the most successful brand product in its history, the Mickey Mouse black Band-Aids.  He also created the designs 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 Los Angeles, Las Vegas (with the “Loveless Collection” in 2014), Chicago, and Athens, Georgia.  He has also toured the world as part of creating his 10x10 series.  Tennessee was honored with a Smithsonian Artist Residency Fellowship,  was one of the “People of the Year” for Instinct Magazine, and was the featured artist for the 2015 winter color issue in Anthology Magazine.  

Next up for the ever rising art star is being the 2016 official Summer Olympics artist creating designs for Speedo representing Brazil and USA.  

Art Outsiders, his current artistic obsession, is keeping him both up late at night and spontaneously dancing in the subway.