Today we’d like to introduce you to Chance Foreman.
Chance, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As far as I can remember I’ve been interested in art, though I had never attempted creating anything outside of sketches on computer paper. In 2007 I can remember drawing on a piece of cardboard when I found a roll of silver duct tape and decided to incorporate it into the sketch. My grandmother eventually saw the piece (now titled ‘Old Man’) and pushed me to continue creating portraits using duct tape.
Eventually, I found myself moving towards the pop-art style and began working almost exclusively with duct tape, often inspired by prominent musicians or actors. While I still gravitate towards portraits, my latest pieces focus on people I’m surrounded by in my life – friends, family members, people I’ve met. My favorite part (and often the most challenging) is choosing a bold pattern or background that frames the subject and is able to capture their personalities.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I tend to struggle with the self-promotional aspect that comes along with the ‘business’ side of art. I prefer the act of creating works and sometimes forget there’s another side to becoming a successful artist.
What else should we know about your work? What sets you apart from others?
I’m an artist that uses duct tape as my primary medium. I’m drawn to creating portraits with detailed backgrounds that represent or symbolize the subject – my ultimate goal is to capture their personalities through the pieces.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I felt extremely honored when I was asked to commission a series of pieces for the Hilton Hotel in Cleveland, which was being built from the ground up at the time. The hotel commissioned various artists from across the country to bring unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to their location, which I found to be really inspiring. The pieces that I was commissioned to create were portraits of musicians, including The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Louis Armstrong, and Blondie (Debbie Harry).
Due to the enormous scale of The Beatles portrait (4 ft by 8 ft), I found that creating this piece was also one of the biggest obstacles I had faced as an artist. Having never worked on a commission so large, it was extremely daunting at the time. The proudest moment of my career so far was being able to see my finished work first-hand as a permanent installation.