About this work of Art
Compassion – The Dalai Lama At 80
Limited Edition Archival Inkjet Print of 500
Print Size: H 42cm x W 29.7cm
Frames Size: H 47.5cm x W 35cm
Signed and dated by the artist Chris Levine
LONDON, UK – JULY 5: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama meditates whilst sitting for a portrait by British artist Chris Levine during his recent visit to the UK. His Holiness, whose 80th birthday falls on July 6, rarely sits for formal portraits. However, on this occasion he agreed to do so as the artist will donate all proceeds to charities working with communities affected by the recent earthquakes in Nepal.
Chris Levine is well known for his prints depicting some of the most famous individuals on the planet. In Compassion (Dalai Lama), Chris Levine utilises lighting and black and white tones to portray a poignancy apt for one of the greatest religious leaders of our time.
Archival Inkjet Print – A professional photographic printing technique where tiny droplets of ink are applied onto archival paper. This gives a high quality finish to the piece, as seen in Chris Levine’s works.
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.
- Size : H 47.5 cm x W 29.7 cm