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Chris Levine

Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many media 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.

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, Art and Image at London’s National Portrait Gallery. He has artwork in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the 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 more.

Other subjects of his 3D light portraiture work include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbel, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Giorgio Armani, Sir Paul Smith, U2, Grace Jones and Sir Elton John. 

Submitting a work to be judged by a panel can be a bit daunting and charged with insecurities. Respect to all those who put their souls forward. It was an honour and responsibility to review and select some outstanding art for this year's exhibition. I think it’s going to be an exciting show with a number of surprises.

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