Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many mediums 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 and 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 the headline installation at MOFO festival for Tasmania’s MONA museum.

Levine’s status as one of the World’s leading light artists has led to a number of high profile cross media collaborations from Massive Attack, Hussein Chalayan, Antony and the Johnsons, Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Jon Hopkins and has produced work for Chanel, BMW and Swarovski. He has recently completed another historic portrait to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday to raise 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 is managed by Twelve Arts.

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

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 —

2017 · Chris Levine, WHO ARE wE_+, Fine Art Society, London

2016 · Chris Levine, Nova Contemporary, Bangkok, Thailand

2016 · Compassion, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London

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 —

2017 · Selfie to Self-Expression, the Saatchi Gallery, London

2017 · The Thin Veil, Kinetica Museum, London

2017 · Ventures, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin

2016 · Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London

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