Chris Levine Launches a capsule selection of iconic works at Sotheby’s

From 6th – 17th September, Sotheby’s will present Chris Levine: Be Light, a specially curated capsule selection of six iconic works by the renowned light artist, Chris Levine. The work will be shown at Sotheby’s, London, as an auction in conjunction with the much-anticipated autumn edition of the Made in Britain Sale.

Kate Moss She's Light (Dots), 2013. Silkscreen. Edition of 3 + 3+1AP
Kate Moss She’s Light (Dots), 2013. Silkscreen. Edition of 3 + 3+1AP

Chris Levine: Be Light will present two entirely unique artworks, including the large Lightness of Being (blue with Crystals) (pictured above) – the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which has been identified as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century. In addition, the unique Parabolic 1.3 [Pink](2018), will be shown alongside supreme portraits of Kate Moss and Banksy, an innovative LED Blipvert sculpture, Light is Love (2018), and stunning set of three crystal silkscreen crosses.
Levine aims to transport visitors into a meditative realm, from super sensory light fields and laser projections, to his distinctive three-dimensional portraiture and laser-etched works on paper. This small but diverse collection of works exemplifies Levine’s determined and creative exploration across many creative fields, a quality that has differentiated his practice from the traditional disciplines of photography and elevated his profile as a truly independent and innovative artist.

In last year’s September edition of the Made in Britain Sale (2018), Levine’s iconic portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lightness of Being (Pink), 2015, shone as one of the highlight lots, estimated at £70,000 – £100,000 and selling for £150,000.

Banksy [3D], 2017 Archival Inkjet Print with fluorescent cross 620 x 450 mm FAD magazine
Banksy [3D], 2017 Archival Inkjet Print with fluorescent cross 620 x 450 mm

Levine returns to Sotheby’s for this special showcase, curated by the artist himself as a celebration of his multidisciplinary talents and close affiliation with the great British art historically championed by Sotheby’s Made in Britain sale. All six artworks will be on sale as an online auction from 6 September.


About The Artist

Chris Levine is a light artist who works across many media, including music, performance, installation, fashion and design, 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. He encourages audiences to enter a meditative state where they feel more connected to each other and the surrounding world.

Educated at the Chelsea College of Arts and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, Levine is perhaps best known for producing what is already being described as one of the most iconic images of the 21st century, Lightness of Being (2004), a sensational three-dimensional portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The National Portrait Gallery stated that it was the most evocative image of a royal by any artist.

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018