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Phatima vs. the Universe

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Phatima is larger than life and taking on the Universe! This fabulous portrait of the fabulous drag queen is full of pop, energy, and so many tiny little details in the design that a something new can be discovered with each new visit!

*Gogo the dog is not a part of the actual painting.

About the artist:

Tennessee Loveless is a Los Angeles based contemporary pop artist whose bold use of color and pattern evokes an immediate visual impact to the viewer, but also creates a poetic irony,  considering the fact that Loveless is almost completely colorblind.  Despite many obstacles throughout his life and career, he has persevered in pursuing his career as an artist.  He is driven by his passion for painting people and iconic fictional characters in a way that strikes an emotional and nostalgic connection through the power of color and iconography.  His original and limited edition art are highly collectible! His collection for Disney Fine Art explores his interest in high color and pattern saturated concepts. His primary focus at the moment is classic characters from the era of 1928 - 1945, Disney Villains, and Alice in Wonderland. Outside of his collaboration with Disney, Tennessee paints portraits of West Coast drag, cabaret, and celebrity personalities. As a child growing up in Marietta, Georgia, Tennessee watched his peers identify and collect information based on this “invisible force” that people called color. He began to work within two worlds, one that operated within his own vision and perception and the other which he created in his attempts to relate to the rest of the world. This disconnect later ruptured a fascination with the unknown and he began to feverishly occupy his mind with the fundamental understanding of a chromatic world.

Phatima .vs. The Universe

In the year 2000 I found myself in car in the middle of the night being driven from the San Jose Airport (from my flight from my home in Philadelphia) to the small mountain town of Guernville (which rested about an hour north of San Francisco near the Russian River). It was my first night in California, which consisted of an entire town taken over by San Franciscan drag queens for a Halloween event called “Russian River Massacre”.
As I left the car, and up the hill to a bonfire surrounded by tiki huts, I stopped in my tracks as I saw “Phatima”, who was dressed head to toe in crazy drag. I was immediately obsessed, and later that night I saw her perform one of the weirdest performances I had ever seen. The next week I flew home to Philly and moved immediately to San Francisco.
Years later when I became a drag queen out in SF, Phatima ended up working as a taxi cab driver out in the city. I used to get ready in my apartment adjacent to the Chinatown tunnel, and she’d pick me up and drive me over the dizzying hills to the lower streets in the industrial district to an old drag bar in South of Market.
Phatima was and is a fixture to the eccentricity of drag. This portrait shows her as a bright planet in an often blank and dismal universe. In her hair you’ll see words and statements about her greatness and her life.
Medium
Original Mixed Media
Artwork Dimensions
24" x 36"
Price

$9,500.00