Lightness of Being, 2019
Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Pure platinum leaf and fluorescent ink silkscreen print with hand-applied Swarovski micro-faceted crystals
41.33 in. x 33.46 in. / 105 cm. x 85 cm.
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Chris Levine is a light artist who works across mediums in pursuit of a meditative experience through image and form.
Levine is perhaps best known for producing what has been described as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century, Lightness of Being. With light as its message, the sensational portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presents a fresh depiction of the most famous woman in the world. A spectacular new interpretation of Chris Levine's image of Her Majesty, Lightness of Being was created specifically for the 2019 amfAR Gala Cannes. This unique silkscreen features hand-applied platinum leaf and is further embellished with Swarovski micro-faceted crystals all set in a silver leaf frame chosen by the artist.
Using LEDs, lasers, holography, and natural light, Levine aims to tap into light’s metaphysical properties as intrinsic to human existence and perception. Collaborations with Massive Attack, Anohni, and Grace Jones have brought his experiential use of light to audiences outside the gallery context. It was Levine’s laser installation along with Philip Glass’s “Heroes Symphony” that set the mood for Glastonbury Festival’s celebration of the life of David Bowie.
Levine has had solo exhibitions at a number of institutions and galleries, including The Fine Art Society Contemporary and the Genesis Foundation Commission, London. Group shows and special exhibitions include: Collectors Contemporary, Singapore; Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum, Cardiff; National Portrait Gallery, London; National Gallery, Scotland; National Museum, Belfast; Swarovski Crystal Palace, Milan; The Royal Opera House and Saatchi Gallery, London; and Colette, Paris.
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