Signed by the artist, in an edition of 95.
This is what Tennessee Loveless has to say about Silverscreen Queen in his own words:
I’ve often wondered about my obsession with females in the spotlight who dangled off the cliffs of tragedy, heartbreak, and addiction. I also wondered why I and other gay men adore the same types of devastated divas… What is about our subculture that is fascinated with the Crawford/Garland/Taylor/Davis storyline? Why are we amazed and dazzled with the rise and fall of a female legend? Is it our slightly connected relation in fighting to be equal in a heteronormative patriarchal society? Or is it somehow not relation, but a subconscious misogynist satisfaction to see a powerful female fail?
The last idea terrified me.
Ever since I was a child I was drawn to powerful females, whether they be fictitious female villains, or powerful protagonist actresses of the silver screen. I looked up to the powerful female figures who dominated men, and fought tooth and nail to be accepted in the boys club. I suppose I also identified when the heterosexual male majority took them down … because I was gay, and felt a kinship to women in this sense (even though the struggle was and is definitely not comparable).
My fascination with Judy Garland was separate from the other female legends of the early 20th century. Rather than wanting to be like her, I sought advice, consolation, and maternal comfort from her. She seemed to be fragile, and yet unbreakable at the same time, like a stargazer lily made out of iron. I wanted her to teach me how to survive in a world that seemed so at odds with me, as I certainly was fragile and hurt from the experiences of my strange childhood.
It wasn’t until my early 20’s when I would fully research her, I came to understand that with great brilliance often comes great heartache.
Judy Garland (AKA Frances Ethel Gumm) was born on June 20th, 1922 out in Grand Rapids Minnesota. Her parents were vaudevillians who ran a theatre where she was born. Her first performance was at 2 and a half years old for their Christmas show, where she sang in the chorus for “Jingle Bells”. At four years old, Judy’s father, “Frank” Gumm had to relocate his family to Lancaster, CA due him being outed as a homosexual.
Out in California, Judy was swept into a myriad of vaudeville acts and Vitaphone shorts with her sisters. They performed throughout the U.S., and Judy caught the attention of MGM executives at the age of 12. She signed with them at the age of 13. This fact would also produce her infamous quote later on in life:
“I was born at the age of 12 on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot”...
About Tennessee Loveless:
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 in 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 and beauty brand products in its history. 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 the official artist for the Summer Olympics with SpeedoUSA.
Next up in 2017, Tennessee is celebrating the release of his first retrospective book “The Art of Tennessee Loveless”, written by Dave Bossert and published by Disney Publishing. He has now branched out into different collections with ArtInsights with his “Art Outsiders” and “Vox Populi” series, and personally with “Drag Landscapes”.