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.

 

His MoMA commissioned collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons was performed at Radio City in New York, NY, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Teatro Real in Madrid to unanimous 5 star reviews. He has worked with a wide range of collaborators including Philip Treacy, Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Asprey Jewelers and the Eden Project.

Forthcoming projects include collaborations with Jon Hopkins and Sigur Ross for The Eden Project, a laser installation in Federation Square, Melbourne Australia and forthcoming solo shows in Bangkok and Canada.

Chris Levine is represented in the UK by the Fine Art Society.

 

A true Visionary   –   Mario Testino

Magical   –   Glen Lowry MoMA

F****** incredible   –   Grace Jones

Chris is like an atom in an excited state – he’s the true laser master   –   Robert del Naja / Massive Attack

RESUME
Born in Ontario, Canada. Lives and works
in Northamptonshire, UK

Education —
Chelsea School of Art [BA Hons]
Central St. Martins School of Art [MA Computer Graphics]

Solo Exhibition —
2013 · Light 3.142, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London
2012 · The Diamond Queen, Asprey, London
2011 · Selected Works, The Little
Black Gallery, London
2010 · Stillness at the Speed of Light,
Grace Jones by Chris Levine,
Vinyl Factory, London
2010 · LIGHT, Laser Installation,
One Marylebone, Genesis Foundation Commission, London
2008 · Lightness of Being, The Queen by Chris Levine, StolenSpace,
Truman Brewery, London

Group exhibitions —

2014 · What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me, Fine Art Society, London
2012 · Out Of Focus: Photography,
Saatchi Gallery, London
2012 · Diamonds, Curated by Vogue, Masterpiece Art Fair, London
2012 · The British Cut, The Fine Art
Society Contemporary, Hong Kong Pop Up
2012 · New Photographers, Danziger Gallery, New York, NYC
2012 · Digital Darkroom, Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles
2012 · Antony and the Johnsons, Light Artist, Presented by MoMA / NYC
2012 · The Queen Art and Image,
National Museum, Cardiff
2012 · The Queen Art and Image,
National Portrait Gallery, London
2011 · The Queen Art and Image,
National Gallery, Scotland
2011 · The Queen Art and Image,
National Museum, Belfast
2011 · Project Ocean, Selfridges / Glastonbury, London
2010 · Kinetica , P2, London
2009 · I want it All, The Little
Black Gallery, London
2009 · Antony and the Johnsons, Light Artist, Manchester International Festival
2009 · Swarovski Crystal Palace, Milan
2008 · Swarovski Crystal Palace, Milan
2008 · Colette, Paris
2008 · Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition

Chris Levine