Monte Trevor Carlton was born in 1972 in Olympia, Washington State’s capitol. While Trevor Carlton painted throughout high school, his first artistic passion was acting. Therefore, even though he was offered an art scholarship, Trevor decided to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and moved to Los Angeles to attend the prestigious Lee Strasberg Acting Workshop.
Amidst the chaos of auditions and callbacks, Trevor paid the bills by working in a custom furniture store, specializing in antiquing and faux finish designs. It was here that a style was born. Using reclaimed lumber as his canvas, Trevor started painting images of vintage Americana with subjects ranging from iconic celebrities to the famous Blues greats. Using wood, albeit an unorthodox substrate, lent itself well to Trevor’s need to push the envelope and explore new avenues of artistic expression. Soon he was perfecting his signature distressed style by painting a raw canvas to create the appearance of wood and then using solvents and sandpaper to give the piece an overall “distressed” look.
After numerous gallery shows in Los Angeles and private commissions, he has now combined his unique style to that most American of symbols, Mickey Mouse.
Along with a series of classic lobby card paintings, he has also created a performance piece that is equal parts rock star and painter. Trevor has had the amazing opportunity of performing this show and exhibiting his artwork all throughout the United States, Japan and the United Kingdom.
Staying true to his experimental nature, Carlton created a bold new statement with his Fallin Donald collection. This ground breaking fusion of original artwork combined with traditional print making makes this collection one of the most unique and exciting additions to Trevor Carlton’s Art portfolio to date. Welcome to Carlton’s new world…
Tennessee Loveless is a Los Angeles based contemporary pop artist whose bold use of colour and pattern evokes an immediate visual impact to the viewer, but also creates a poetic irony when one considers the fact that Loveless has limited achromatopsia colourblindness (almost complete colourblindness).
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 the one thing he is blind to.
As a child growing up in Marietta, Georgia, Tennessee watched his peers identify and collect information based on this “invisible force” that people called colour.
He began to work within two worlds, one that operated in 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.
Tennessee's inability to distinguish most hues has never swayed him from creating art. If any thing, his disconnect from this in his early years made him obsessed with the forming of patterns, objects and shapes. He became attracted to the destruction of white space and became captivated with the idea of filling anything lacking in form with pattern.
Later in life, he began attaching colour to his subjects as he learned in colour theory books which hues complimented or contrasted each other appropriately.
He also communicates hue choices through an objective and synesthetic nature. The essence of his work is largely dedicated to the emotional pull and story telling element of colour, expression, and pattern, and mostly importantly, the crossing of the senses.