Levine is a pioneer in the field of light art, creating and adapting technology in the pursuit of expansive visual sensations through work that has been referred to as transformational. Levine’s innovative practice is distinguished by collaboration and cross-fertilization. Incorporating numerous mediums (laser, photography, holograms) across multiple platforms including music, performance, installation, fashion and design, his creativity is manifest in a multitude of projects. The artist cites much inspiration from his practice of meditation and his work has a spiritual dimension that often defies categorisation.
Since graduating from Chelsea and Saint Martin’s School of Art in the 80s, Chris Levine has continued to explore the properties of laser light – the purest available to man – and has developed a distinctive language that is both modern and highly original. Levine’s work is immersive and by extension transformative, often focused on a collective experience that enhances awareness of the present moment, and our connectedness to one another.
In 2012, his work was featured in the major exhibition The Queen Art and Image at London’s National Portrait Gallery to huge acclaim. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was hailed by the National Portrait Gallery as the most evocative image of a royal by any artist, and is recognised today as a 21st century icon. His subsequent portraits of Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Frankel have captured the same sense of stillness, strenght and equanimity in each of these iconic figures.
Courtesy of the artist’s website.