Welcome to the colorful world of “Chance Losher aka Professor Rainbow”. The second you see a piece of his work, his name becomes self explanatory. His art takes you back to your childhood, staring directly into a rainbow filled kaleidoscope constantly spinning to see what the spectrum of colors will produce next. His consistency and style is ever apparent. Based in Tennessee, Professor Rainbow has taken his talents west to Colorado, north to Chicago and anywhere in between. I was able to dive deeper into his mind and creative process. Without further adieu, I introduce to you the art and mind of Professor Rainbow.
First and foremost, I would like to say I love your work. The vibrance you portray is impeccable. When did your love of visual art come about and how has it evolved since?
A: Thank you, I glad you enjoy it. It’s hard to say when my love of art started. Growing up I was always more of a visual learner and more interested in images instead of words. That led me to look towards visual medias more than to literary sources. Not much has changed as I’ve gotten older, except I do enjoy reading more as an adult. Lately, I’ve been into graphic novels, as it is a nice way to still read but I still can get caught up in all the artwork.
You studied Studio Art at the University of Tennessee. How do you feel learning about your passion in an academic setting help you grow your talents?
A: When I first went to college I was undecided as to what I wanted to do, so I started taking business classes. Pretty quickly I realized that was not at all what I wanted to do with my life. I had never taken any art classes but I had always loved art and wanted to learn how to draw and create, so I switched majors to Studio Art. It was quite daunting to switch over to art, but once I found printmaking I really started to feel like I knew that this is what I wanted to do. Luckily, I also had some amazing teachers that pushed me and helped me start to define my style. So, overall it was a great experience getting to hone my skills in an academic setting.
What is your favorite event or festival that you have live painted at? What was so special about it and what piece came about during the event?
A: It’s hard to choose but, one of my favorite events I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of every year since it started is Papadosio’s Earth Night event. Held in December every year, it is always my last event of the year and it serves as a point of reflection for me on what all I’ve accomplished throughout the year. I’ve made some of my favorite works during those event, in particular the piece “All I Knew Was Love” which incorporated a bunch of different Papadosio song titles into the design. What’s really cool about that piece is I partnered with Advocates of Change, a non-profit that raises money through art raffles at shows and festivals, and got all the members of the band to sign it and we raffled it off the next year at Earth Night to raise money for some local charities and organizations. Also I got to setup at Red Rocks last year along side of Alex and Allyson Grey and about 20 other amazing visual artists, which was pretty surreal and incredible.
Is there any particular song, artist or band that inspires your work? Additionally, do you tend to listen to music while creating and how does it affect the outcome?
A: Music in general is my biggest inspiration. More specifically jam bands and down to mid tempo electronic are my favorite genres to listen to. Working in a concert setting, the music tends to change how I approach my backgrounds and how I use watercolor because it’s more of a loose playful feeling that I can let the music dictate my movements. Outside of that, I usually have my concept and color palette already visualized in my head so, listening to music just helps me get into a groove while I work and makes it more of a meditative practice. Even while designing or working at art at my house, music is a necessity.
Tell us a little bit about your creative process and the materials you use as well as what your ideal work environment?
A: My creative process is quite a bit different from most other live painters you see out. Mainly because all my work is based in the print medium and not in traditional painting mediums. I start most of pieces out by using Photoshop and Illustrator to create a design. After that I’ll expose that design onto a screen, basically creating a stencil that I can then print onto any number of objects in any color. For my pieces that I work on at shows, I tend to just print black onto white smoothed clayboards, which are great for mixed media. I’ll then use watercolor for most of my backgrounds, as well as metallic inks, sharpies, and some acrylics. What surprises people most is that I use highlighters to do all my colors, which is how I get my