Chris Levine Biography

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Chris Levine is probably best known for his now iconic image of Her Majesty the Queen, Lightness of Being, an extraordinarily intimate picture of the most famous woman in the world with her eyes closed. He has gone on to repeat the image with other instantly recognisable figures such as Kate Moss and Grace Jones.


After studying at Chelsea School of Arts and Central Saint Martin’s, Chris has progressed to become a pioneer in using light and lighting technology to push the boundaries of the visual experience in art. Crossing many mediums, including performance, music, installation, fashion as well as fine art, Chris’ new genre of Light Art is one that fuses the boundaries of culture to focus on creating a sensory experience that transcends that of mere observation.


In 2012, his work was featured in the major exhibition The Queen Art and Image at London’s National Portrait Gallery to huge acclaim. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was hailed by the National Portrait Gallery as the most evocative image of a royal by any artist, and is recognised today as a 21st century icon.


His subsequent portraits of Kate Moss, Grace Jones and Frankel have captured the same sense of stillness, strength and equanimity in each of these iconic figures. In 2015, it was announced Levine's next 3D portrait was to be of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with the honour granted on the condition that all proceeds were to go to charities helping in the wake of the devastating Nepal earthquake.


His MoMA commissioned collaboration with Antony and the Johnsons was performed at Radio City in New York, NY, the Royal Opera House in London, and the Teatro Real in Madrid to unanimous 5 star reviews. He has worked with a wide range of collaborators including Philip Treacy, Massive Attack, Grace Jones, Asprey Jewelers and the Eden Project.


Using such media as LEDs, lasers, holography and natural light, Levine aims to tap into light’s metaphysicality and its properties as something intrinsic to human existence and perception. For Levine, light is an elemental energy in life, meaning his art is an exploration into the very essence of life, which in turn gives his art a spiritual and ethereal quality.



Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015    The Geometry of Truth, The Fine Art Society, London

2013    Light 3.142, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, London

2012    The Diamond Queen, Asprey, London

2011    Selected Works, The Little Black Gallery, London

2010    Stillness at the Speed of Light, Grace Jones by Chris Levine, Vinyl Factory, London

2010    LIGHT, Laser Installation, One Marylebone, Genesis Foundation Commission, London

2008    Lightness of Being, The Queen by Chris Levine, StolenSpace, Truman Brewery, London


Group Exhibitions 

2015    Winter Group Show, Loughran Gallery, London

2014    What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me, Fine Art Society, London

2012    The Queen: Art and Image, The National Portrait Gallery, London

2012    Out Of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London

2012    Diamonds, Curated by Vogue, Masterpiece Art Fair, London

2012    The British Cut, The Fine Art Society Contemporary, Hong Kong Pop Up

2012    New Photographers, Danziger Gallery, New York, NYC

2012    Digital Darkroom, Annenberg Foundation, Los Angeles

2012    Antony and the Johnsons, Light Artist, Presented by MoMA / NYC

2012    The Queen Art and Image, National Museum, Cardiff

2012    The Queen Art and Image, National Portrait Gallery, London

2011    The Queen Art and Image, National Gallery, Scotland

2011    The Queen Art and Image, National Museum, Belfast

2011    Project Ocean, Selfridges / Glastonbury, London

2010    Kinetica, P2, London

2009    I Want It All, The Little Black Gallery, London

2009    Antony and the Johnsons, Light Artist, Manchester International Festival

2009    Swarovski Crystal Palace, Milan

2008    Swarovski Crystal Palace, Milan

2008    Colette, Paris

2008    Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition