London: Guest Artist Chris Levine
We’re so proud to announce Chris Levine as our Guest Artist for the upcoming London edition of the fair from 4-7 July.
Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many media in pursuit of an expanded state of perception and awareness through image and form. Levine’s work considers light not just as a core aspect of art, but of human experience more widely. A spiritual, meditative and philosophical edge permeates his work. Levine is perhaps best known for producing what is already being described as one of the most iconic images of the twenty-first century, Lightness of Being.
With light and stillness at its core, the sensational portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presents an utterly fresh depiction of the most famous woman in the world. The National Portrait Gallery stated it was the most evocative image of a royal by any artist.
Levine’s practice is differentiated by the cross-fertilization across many creative fields including music, performance, installation, fashion and design in a multitude of projects.
His exhibition Hypervisual 1.2, completed a tour of 12 countries with the British Council. In 2012, his work featured in the major exhibition, Queen and Image, at London’s National Portrait Gallery. He has had artwork in London’s Science Museum and has staged light performances and exhibitions internationally in spaces such as Radio City in New York (commissioned by MoMA), The Eden Project, The Royal Opera House, MATE museum in Lima, London’s Fine Art Society and Tasmania’s MONA museum, where he created the headline installation for the MOFO festival.
Levine’s status as one of the world’s leading light artists has led to a number of high profile, cross media collaborations with luminaries such as Massive Attack, Hussein Chalayan, Antony and the Johnsons, Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Jon Hopkins. In addition, he has undertaken commissions for select brands such as Chanel, BMW and Swarovski. He has recently completed a historic portrait to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and raising funds for the victims of Nepal’s recent earthquake. He is only the second artist to take a formal portrait of His Holiness, the previous being Annie Leibovitz.
Chris Levine will be selling a special limited edition print launched exclusively for this fair!