Levine light's up Sotheby's Sale
Chris Levine made history this week with his portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at Sotheby’s Made In Britain Sale as it soared past it’s pre-sale estimates (£50,000-80,000) and brought down the hammer at £187,500; with 90% of the reaming lots finding a buyer (74% of which exceeded their high-estimates) the auction advocated a high demand for British art and reached a grand total of £ 2,605,752…
Celebrated for his pioneering Light Art portraits of some of the worlds most well known faces (including Kate Moss, The Queen and The Dalai Lama, but to name a few) and his large scale immersive installations (Glastonbury, The Eden Project) Chris Levine leverages the power of light to transport his viewer to another dimension. When photographing Her Royal Highness in 2003 Levine was struck by her beauty between shots; quickly snapping the shutter he captured a rare moment of intimacy with our Queen, eyes closed and at rest. The resulting image ‘Lightness Of Being’ is undoubtedly the most revolutionary and original portrait of any royal to date.
Other noteworthy artworks to go under the hammer included intimate works by L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth and a number of prints by David Hockney which sold for a combined £156,500 (estimated at £49,800-70,200) offered first-time collectors the opportunity to acquire works by one of Britain’s best-loved artists. Two original Oxfam designs used for their 2016 Christmas cards added to the auction with proceeds donated to the charity.
“When the sale first started in 2014, it was something that no other auction house here in Britain had really done before – looking at the broader picture of British arts and crafts over the past century and celebrating this diversity and creativity. The results seen today reflect how these British artists are now being celebrated on an international scale, with collectors responding to works at every price level.” Said Robin Cawdron-Stewart, head of the Sotheby’s Sale