Chris Levine | Lightness of Being (Freedom Edition)
Chris Levine | Lightness of Being (Freedom Edition) (2021) (digital signature),
Laminated Giclée print on aluminium composite panel
35 2/5 × 27 3/5 in
90 × 70 cm
Edition of 1000
This artwork is available to purchase at Enter Gallery
Chris Levine is a UK-based artist who works in the fascinating field of light art. His multi-disciplinary practice involves harnessing a diverse array of technology to explore the ways in which light is vital to human existence.
Chris Levine | Lightness of Being (Freedom Edition) was created using a high-resolution digital camera, which shot 200 images every 20 seconds as it rotated 360 degrees around The Queen.
The piece came about by chance. After each rotation, Levine’s camera would need to be reset, and he suggested the Queen relax while he did so. It was only later Levine realised he had captured this peaceful moment depicting the Queen emanating white light.
This giclée print on aluminium is from a limited edition of 1000, signed and numbered by the artist.
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-fertilisation across many creative fields including music, performance, installation, fashion and design in a multitude of projects.
Levine studied at the Chelsea School of Art (now the Chelsea College of Arts) before receiving an MA in computer graphics from Central Saint Martins. He has exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Milan. His work has sold for six-figure prices on the secondary market.
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