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Lightness of Being Crystal Edition
Limited Edition Silkscreen Print of 100 + 10 Artist Proofs
Silkscreen print with Hand applied Swarovski Crystals
Size: H 52.5cm x W 42cm
Framed Size: H 74cm x W 64cm x D 5cm
Chris Levine is well known for his prints depicting some of the most famous individuals on the planet. Lightness of Being Crystal Edition is a variation of Lightness of Being which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery and was commissioned by the Jersey Heritage Trust to create a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. The portrait was to mark 800 years of allegiance to the Crown by the Island of Jersey.
Silkscreen Print – A printing technique whereby the artist paints glue or stencils their work onto a mesh stretched over a wooden frame. Colour is then pushed through the mesh (which hasn’t been blocked with glue) with a squeegee. This can be done several times, layering different colours to create the image seen before you.
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.