BEN LEVY

BEN LEVY
BEN@benlevyart.com



Hugh Heffner
Mix Media
4ft x 4ft

Stamp of Authority
Mix Media
4FT X 3FT

Obama NY
Mix Media
4ft x 2ft

MCQUEEN
PRINT
A4



North London based artist, Ben Levy captures famous faces for eye catching new collections launching at Harvey Nichols and Debut Contemporary

To be catapulted into the world of celebrity from the mere interpretational perception of being beautiful, able to sing, act, or be a popular failure at trying is ever increasing - some might say disproportional to the disparity of real genius. Or is it? Surely real genius is capturing the story behind the media and the controversy surrounding it. This concept is the inspiration of artist Ben Levy of Barnet, North London.

Ben Levy realised his creative ability and strengths as a child, gaining excellence in Art and flourishing with his innovative mind. He commenced his professional art career in 2007, collaborating with another London based artist producing a limited run of t-shirts showcasing their creations – under the Knucklehead brand. Earlier this month, Ben’s artistic skills and experience in this arena saw him chosen as one of twenty London based artists to produce a collection for Maisontwenty (www.maisontwenty.com). The artwork featured will be published on fashion T-Shirts and sold exclusively at the reputable Harvey Nichols.

Ben has exhibited his creations and generated high volume audiences at the Strand Gallery, the Nowhere North Gallery, the Wellington in Knightsbridge and his latest work is currently displayed at Ligne Roset on London’s Mortimer Street. His latest exhibition, ‘Fashionable Disasters’ conveyed everyday issues that have become fashionable and acceptable through the press and social media. Recently having been scouted at The Other Art Fair in November 2011, he has also started working with Debut Contemporary Gallery in London’s trendy Westbourne Grove. Here he will be previewing his latest body of work on the 1st of February, 6.30-9pm.

Appealing to the thoughts and opinions of his audience, Ben explores the world of celebrity – incorporating the vision disclosed, undisclosed, the hype, the gossip and the often untold reality. Ben paints peoples' personalities and drama within the striking and detailed portraits, bringing the picture to life with a modern/street art twist. Unless specifically commissioned, Ben lets his creative mind dictate the journey. The mediums that Ben will use to convey the story and theory behind the superficial vision people see, express each unique scenario, perception, realism and idealism at the time.

Ben has organised and run his own exhibitions, including ‘Boat Race’ and the self proclaimed ‘Media’ event which was sponsored by Middleweight European Champion of boxing, Darren Barker. This proved very successful with many of the exhibits being sold on the night. It was a portrait of the boxer himself later superimposed on T-Shirts that went on to be the fans’ favourite supporting clothing worn at Barker’s title fights.

Society loves a disaster so by using famous faces such as Tony Blair, The Kray Twins, John Galliano, Amy Winehouse and Alexander McQueen, Ben has commented on political, radical, suicidal and sexual topics in comic like scenarios yet still accurately producing photo like imagery. Fashion and media are the main stimulants and capturing faces is his forte. Ben works on canvas, paper, wood and walls, encompassing the use of pen, pencil, collage, newspaper, acrylic and spray paint to capture texture and emphasise features. Each piece containing unique embellishments to personify the end creation. The artworks receive a personal stamp through which his signature style is recognised alongside the drips that run down his pictures.

Some of Ben’s favourite subjects include Ronnie Wood, Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Barak Obama and multiple super-models. The ingenuity provides the audience with the excuse to converse about the drama behind and within in the picture, and enable untold opinion on vetoed subjects to be expressed through the portrayal of art. Both reality and art speak the same volumes and Ben’s art work is always real life.

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NOWHERE NORTH GALLERY
THE STRAND GALLERY
JEALOUS GALLERY
THE OTHER ART FAIR 2011 & 2012
HARVEY NICHOLS
DEBUT CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
ARTS FOR INDIA LAUNCH AT GUGGENHEIM
TOM SHOES
TOM SUNGLASSES
MAISON TWENTY
CULTURE LABEL

NOWHERE NORTH GALLERY
THE STRAND GALLERY
JEALOUS GALLERY
THE OTHER ART FAIR 2011 & 2012
HARVEY NICHOLS
DEBUT CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
ARTS FOR INDIA LAUNCH AT GUGGENHEIM
TOM SHOES
TOM SUNGLASSES
MAISON TWENTY
CULTURE LABEL