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Chris Levine

Canadian born 1960
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Chris Levine is a UK based artist working in the field of light art.

Chris Levine uses cross-fertilization across many fields including music, performance, installation, fashion and design in a multitude of collaborative projects. He has worked with a wide range of collaborators, including Antony and the Johnsons, Philip Treacy, Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Asprey Jewellers and has an ongoing relationship with The Eden Project. Levine is known for creating the ‘Lightness of Being’ and ‘Equanimity’, both portraits of Queen Elizabeth II. ‘Equanimity’ was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust in 2004 and on 01 June 2012, a £100 note was issued to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II based on the portrait.

To mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, Levine partnered with Asprey to create a new work based upon his seminal 2004 portrait ‘Equanimity’. This new work is entitled The Diamond Queen. Asprey re-created the Queen's diamond diadem, worn at the Coronation in 1953.

In 2012 his work featured in The Queen: Art and Image at London’s National Portrait Gallery and Out of Focus at The Saatchi Gallery.

He has artwork in the Science Museum in London and has staged light performances in association with the Museum of Modern Art in New York at Radio City Music Hall. His exhibition Hypervisual 1.2 completed a tour of 12 countries with the British Council.

In June 2013, Chris Levine's exhibition Light 3.142 was shown at The Fine Art Society on New Bond Street, this featured his new subject Kate Moss in ‘She's Light’. The image was officially launched afterwards in Selfridges corner window for Charlotte Tilbury's event.

In July 2013 Chris staged a light performance at The Royal Opera House with Antony and The Johnsons for the second tour of Swan Lights.

In November 2013, Chris Levine was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to create a portrait of Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws QC, FRSA which was unveiled on 26 November and is now situated in Room 38A in the Ground floor Lerner Contemporary Galleries at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In October 2015 Levine staged an immersive light installation ‘Angel Presence’ at the Danish Church, Regent’s Park, London in association with Swarovski.

Works by this artist…

  • 'Lightness of Being' Crystal 2018
    'Lightness of Being' Crystal 2018
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