Art Outsiders: Vincent Van Gogh Giclee on Canvas by Tennessee Loveless
This giclee on canvas is a limited edition of only 195. Every canvas comes hand-signed by the artist. 10% of the net proceeds are donated to charity through the Tennessee Loveless Foundation.
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I first drafted the outlines of Vincent Van Gogh out in my warehouse in Athens, GA, only to ship it out to Leslie out in the D.C. Metro area later on. At this point I didn’t really know much about Vincent, other than the surface of his work. I flew out to Los Angeles for an MFA interview at USC, and took a side trip to San Francisco before ultimately reuniting with the portrait out in D.C. It was a 10 day journey, in where I’d spend most of the time compiling notes about Van Gogh in the various diners and coffee houses in California.
In reading about him, I became struck down with the sadness of his story. I was waiting for that Hollywood happy ending about his life but it never came to me. Out in Berkeley, CA I called Leslie…
“Oh God Leslie, His life was so terrible and sad, I don’t know how I can actually make a positive spin on an outsider story about Van Gogh”
I went over the entire story with her, which of course Leslie knew.
“Yes! His life was terrible, but there can be the focus of his work and things beyond that”
“I don’t know, I am just so terribly sad about his life. The more I read, the more I just feel so heartbroken about him… It really does transform the way I see his work… It is just all too awful”.
I finished my notes on a 6 hour flight from San Francisco to D.C., and sat there watching the clouds pass by somewhere around the Midwest until darkness fell over the plane. I felt lower than low, looking over the notes that I had transcribed about his life.
How could one, with such a tragic life, create such beauty in his work?
This was going to be hard...